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The US Food and Drug Administration said it is looking into ways to facilitate the approval of medical devices, Reuters reports. According to an FDA press release, part of the plan to improve the 510(k) approval process includes changing the review process for some lower-risk medical devices, specifying when a premarket submission should include clinical data, and creating a Center Science Council made up of FDA experts. The agency is also asking the Institutes of Medicine for its thoughts on the proposed changes, Reuters adds. Our sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News has more here.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.