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Begin with the End

Over at her blog, Isis the Scientist reflects on the "best paper-writing advice" she has ever received: When composing a manuscript, it's best not to think in terms of the paper's linear format. "Instead, create the tables and figures first and organize them until you can use them to verbally tell the story. Then outline the key points of the story and organize the critical citations that support the story," she says. When it’s time to begin writing, Isis suggests starting with the results and discussion, then approaching the methods section. "Write the introduction and abstract last," she says, so as not to "lock yourself into a narrative that may not be the best fit for your data."

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.