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Where Have All the Patients Gone?

The Wall Street Journal reports on innovative approaches to getting people to enroll in clinical trials, including one that it describes as "a sort of medical matchmaker that is gaining wider usage: EmergingMed, a for-profit service that connects patients to cutting-edge clinical trials." Let's hope one of these programs works. While they may not realize it, consumers are an essential part of the biomedical enterprise and new treatments can't emerge without them.

 

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.