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I'll Read Yours if You Read Mine

Zen Faulkes at Neuro Dojo says that as a search committee member, he doesn't read job applicants' papers — "It takes more time than I'm willing to give," he writes. Faulkes also notes that his committee is routinely hiring for other departments, so that, "in many cases, we're getting applications from people whose science I almost literally do not understand at all." What's worse, Faulkes says, is that he rarely reads his friends' papers either. "I know about the science of people in my department, or the ones I hang out with at conferences from talking to them in the hallways, not from reading their papers front to back," he writes, adding that it's most likely okay since "I know that they don't read mine either."

The Scan

ALS Genetic Testing May Be Informative Across Age Ranges, Study Finds

Researchers in the journal Brain identified clinically actionable variants in a significant subset of older ALS patients, prompting them to point to the potential benefits of broader test use.

Study Finds Sorghum Genetic Loci Influencing Composition, Function of Human Gut Microbes

Focusing on microbes found in the human gut microbiome, researchers in Nature Communications identified 10 sorghum loci that appear to influence the microbial taxa or microbial metabolite features.

Treatment Costs May Not Coincide With R&D Investment, Study Suggests

Researchers in JAMA Network Open did not find an association between ultimate treatment costs and investments in a drug when they analyzed available data on 60 approved drugs.

Sleep-Related Variants Show Low Penetrance in Large Population Analysis

A limited number of variants had documented sleep effects in an investigation in PLOS Genetics of 10 genes with reported sleep ties in nearly 192,000 participants in four population studies.