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The Frustration of Impact Factors

Derek Lowe is not a fan of impact factors, and suggests that we all start pretending they just don't exist. But, realistically, he writes, a compromise might be more helpful: "Tell junior faculty and staff that their publication records will be a part of their evaluations, of course. But tell them that they're not the most important part, and that a short publication list can be balanced out by other factors," he writes.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.