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We're Hoping for More than "Please Reboot"

Tim O'Reilly blogs about the news that President Obama plans to nominate Aneesh Chopra to be the first US chief technology officer. O'Reilly quotes a White House document as describing the position like this: "The CTO will develop national strategies for using advanced technologies to transform our economy and our society, such as fostering private sector innovation, reducing administrative costs and medical errors using health IT, and using technology to change the way teachers teach and students learn." Sounds good to us -- but if you have doubts, check out O'Reilly's blog post for several reasons he thinks Chopra is the right guy for the job.

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.