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Examining Journal-Journalism Embargoes

At Shots, NPR’s health blog, Scott Hensley discusses the merits of journals’ press embargoes. In gathering opinions on the practice, Hensley writes that “some say embargoes breed journalistic dependency and laziness.” He also highlights the blog Embargo Watch, written by Reuters Health's Ivan Oransky, which tracks journal-journalism embargo controversies. Most recently, Oransky details what he calls the “PNAS problem” that occurs when certain papers aren’t posted online when the embargo lifts. “I suppose journalists could refuse to publish stories on papers until they’re available online,” Oransky writes. “But I think that’s highly impractical.”

The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.