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Because Everyone Wants Reviewers to Have More Influence on Papers

The DrugMonkey blogger, who apparently works for NIH or another US government agency, says that the method for deciding on the order in which authors are listed on papers needs to be revised. PIs are always last, leaving everyone who did the heavy lifting vying for the coveted first-author position, according to the post. DrugMonkey's proposal: let reviewers flag which parts of the paper are most important, and then assign authorship order based on who contributed to those key parts. Judging from comments on the blog, there's quite a lot of disagreement about this "modest proposal."

 

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.