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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

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

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Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.