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'How Long is Too Long?'

Blogger The Happy Scientist asks “How long is too long?” when waiting to hear back from co-authors who are reviewing a manuscript prior to submission. The author writes that “gentle reminders” are appropriate after three weeks of no response and that “serious complaining” may start at around three months of silence. Her queries echo those of blogger Isis, who posed a similar question in February. “I can't imagine making an ultimatum to an advisor or coauthor who made a major contribution, but I can imagine engaging in hard-core whining,” The Happy Scientist writes.

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

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

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.