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What does your spot on the list of authors for a paper mean? And how does that affect your standing in the scientific community? Blogger Coturnix points to a new proposal for author lists to be like a movie's credits. "Each person is listed, some people more than once, and each person's contribution is very well defined," he writes.

GTO wonders what the scientific equivalent to a movie's "best boy" would be.

 

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The World Health Organization will be providing low-cost COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income nations, according to Reuters.

Nature News examines how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court could affect scientific agencies.

Nobel Prize-winner Arthur Ashkin, who developed optical tweezers, has died at 98, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: altered gene expression in brain samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, effects of gene mutations found in bladder cancer, and more.