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The Scan

In PNAS this week: features linked to coronavirus pathogenicity, multi-system syndrome linked to RNA modification-linked mutations, and more.

The American Cancer Society has eliminated 1,000 positions across the US, according to the Cancer Letter.

Science reports that more than 50 researchers have resigned or been fired as a result of the National Institutes of Health's inquiry examining unreported foreign ties.

Again and Again

SARS-CoV-2 was introduced into the Boston area multiple times, WBUR reports.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of agronomic traits in sugarcane, breastfeeding can modulate body-mass index among individuals at genetic risk of obesity, and more.

The US National Institutes of Health has updated its policies combating sexual harassment, as NIH Director Francis Collins and his colleagues note in an editorial in Science.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has ended its journal subscription contract negotiations with Elsevier.

Mouse for That

The Economist reports on the development of mouse models to study COVID-19.

In Science this week: multiple SARS-CoV-2 introductions into Northern California and the development of the 'very fast CRISPR' method.

New recommendations advise metastatic prostate cancer patients and others with a family history to consider genetic testing.

Stat News offers ways consumer genetic testing companies could address racial disparities.

The Irish Times' Karlin Lillington writes that Ireland needs a national public genome program.

In Nature this week: genome-wide association study of 42 diseases among Japanese population, transfer RNA modifications, and more.

Swedish investigators have used genetic genealogy to make an arrest in a double-murder cold case, according to the Local Sweden.

Wired reports that scientists around the world are pausing their work to protest racism in academia.

Science reports on how federal funding is helping university labs through pandemic-related closures.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: a web platform that combines large molecular and clinical datasets, a web resource for standardized single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.

Where to Start

A genome-wide association study has uncovered patient variants linked to COVID-19 severity, The Scientist reports.

Been Around for Years

A century-old collection of microbes is enabling researchers to study their evolution over the years, the New York Times reports.

Sewage Sampling

Analyzing communities' sewage could predict upticks in COVID-19 cases before they occur, the Verge writes.

In PNAS this week: genetic variants linked to a pediatric periodic fever syndrome, TERT promoter mutations influencing BRAF and MEK inhibitor response, and more.

Past Tweaks

Buzzfeed News reports that a paper previously published by the founder of Surgisphere may contain an alleged instance of image manipulation.

Dent in Trust

The Guardian writes that the retraction last week of two COVID-19 papers may affect public trust in science.

Researchers funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative urge Mark Zuckerberg to enforce Facebook's misinformation policies, the Washington Post reports. 

In PLOS this week: transcriptomics-based strategy to study Alzheimer's disease heterogeneity, insecticide resistance diversity and evolution, and more.


The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.