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Evidently Women and Men Can Write Equally Atrocious Papers

The blogger at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship links to an item from Nature about whether women are less successful than men in the peer review process. Researchers Herbert Marsh and Luz Bornmann describe work reconciling two conflicting studies -- one that found gender bias in peer review, and one that didn't. The new study, which incorporated data from both prior works, finds "no effect of the applicant’s gender on the peer review of their grant proposals," according to the authors, and holds true "across country, year of publication of the studies included in the meta-analysis, and disciplines ranging from physical sciences to the humanities." The MWEG blogger notes that the researchers on this study were male, and seems interested in hearing from female scientists on the subject.

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.