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But We Need Something to Keep the Lawyers Busy

New York Times contributor Denise Caruso offers this article as an examination of what it means for organizations to hold patents on genes. Caruso's premise -- that Americans are distrustful of government in virtually all biotech-related matters, including gene patents -- leads directly to the author's support for the intellectual property guidelines proposed by Stephen Hilgartner from Cornell.

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.