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You Might Get Cutting-Edge Treatment, But We Might Lose Your Personal Data. Interested?

Here's a setback for the clinical trials community. According to this article in the Washington Post:

A government laptop computer containing sensitive medical information on 2,500 patients enrolled in a National Institutes of Health study was stolen in February, potentially exposing seven years' worth of clinical trial data, including names, medical diagnoses and details of the patients' heart scans. The information was not encrypted, in violation of the government's data-security policy.

The story goes on to say that NIH officials waited a month before contacting the relevant patients because they didn't want to "provoke undue alarm." Good job, guys. No doubt this will be a big boost for efforts to enroll future patients in the trials necessary for all those personalized medicine drugs and diagnostics.

 

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.