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Rick Weiss of the Center for American Progress and Science Progress has compiled an extensive list of open science and technology positions that the new administration will have to fill soon. He has a few ideas as to who will be appointed to secretary of Health and Human Services (Harold Varmus is one) and to commissioner of FDA, but of all the positions, the most important will be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, he says. "It will be interesting to see if the new president breaks with tradition and appoints an earth scientist or biologist to that central scientific coordinating position."

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.