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It's More a Crash-Course, On-the-Job Training Thing

Out on the blogosphere, someone wondered what sort of formal training scientists have as reviewers of  papers and grants. In response, blogger DrugMonkey writes that informal training through journal clubs and good mentoring could suffice for learning how to review a manuscript, adding that formal training "would run the risk of being so general … as to be useless." But training for grant review, is, in DrugMonkey's experience, lacking. "It strikes me that a little more training of scientists in how to review applications would go a long way toward reducing the variance in review," writes DrugMonkey.

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.