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Who Needs Credit?

Racking up journal articles is an important part of being scientist, especially for those early in their careers. Ms. PhD at YoungFemaleScientist says that when she sometimes asks up front if the work she will be doing on a project will lead her to be an author, she's told that she is being greedy. DrugMonkey picks up on her post. "When someone tells you that you are being too demanding or otherwise socially awkward for bringing up authorship, I am very suspicious that they are trying to hose you for their own interests. Nobody should be embarrassed to discuss authorship in collaborations or long-term mentoring associations. It is just too important," Drug Monkey says.

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.