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Screenings Delayed

Researchers are investigating the effect of delayed cancer screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Associated Press reports.

Cancer screenings like colonoscopies, mammograms, lung scans, Pap tests, and more were put off as healthcare workers grappled with the onslaught of the pandemic. Now, as people reschedule their screenings, the AP writes that researchers are examining whether the delay has led to missed or more advanced diagnoses.

It reports that one group from the University of Cincinnati found that once lung cancer screenings started up again that 29 percent of people screened has suspicious findings, as compared to 8 percent in other years. Other researchers in the Netherlands, though, found no difference in breast cancer stages uncovered through mammograms, it says, while researchers in Boston found that just after screening resumed, the number of cancers uncovered was higher than usual, but then fell to typical levels a few months later.

The AP adds that at-home testing has also been adopted due to the pandemic.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.