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It Could Be Worse. We Could Be the Sarah Palin of Science

This story in the Guardian discusses scholarly publishing, and concerns among scientists that the growth in online journals means so many papers are being released that the pressure to get into the top-tier journals is higher than ever. The article cites anthropologist Alex Bentley as saying, "We're just producing so much wordage that nobody has time to read anything. It makes academic publishing, and even science itself, a bit like trying to get hits on blogs or try to make yourself the Britney of science."

In other publishing news, Google settled its lawsuits with publishers, agreeing to pay $125 million to publishers and authors to be able to continue its book-scanning program. And Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline blogs about the challenges of publishing in pharma, where it's not a priority and scientists have to wait a long time after finishing a project to write it up.

 

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.