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What Do You Hope to See?

The Edge.org asks its annual question of "What will change everything: what game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?" Eric Kandel hopes to see a biological understanding of mental illness; Ian Wilmut is looking for a change in healthcare due to molecular genetics and stem cell biology; Craig Venter says he is on the verge of being able to insert a synthetic chromosome into a cell; and Dean Ornish looks forward to personalized medicine though adds that lifestyle changes are important. Finally, Alan Alda is not as optimistic, saying that "evidence from the past seems to point to our becoming increasingly dangerous pretty much every time we come up with a new idea or technology."

The Scan

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.

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.