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The 'I Didn't See Your Citation' Excuse

Janet Stemwedel discusses the ongoing objections surrounding a Cell paper from last June by Jeffrey Axelrod's group that reported on a transmembrane protein that plays a large role as a signaling molecule in planar cell polarity in Drosophila. The objection is that another group, led by Peter Lawrence, had already done that work. In her post, Stemwedel focuses on citations, saying that building on the ideas and work of others is good when credit is properly given. "Should one do the research, publish the findings, and only after the fact discover that other scientists had been there first (and published about it), the sensible thing to do is to acknowledge those others late rather than not at all," she advises.

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.