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A Journal for Bold Ideas

Researchers have rallied, sending in letters, to prevent changes to the journal Medical Hypotheses, reports The Scientist. Articles that appear in the journal are not peer-reviewed; instead, they are chosen by editor-in-chief Bruce Charlton. "Medical Hypotheses has become an important vehicle for publishing exciting new ideas and information that is helping to shape the directions of medical research," writes Paul Sherman from Cornell University. "Cancelling the journal, or massively altering its focus and editorial policies, would potentially deprive both the medical and biological communities of their only existing forum for interaction." Elsevier, which owns the journal, is considering switching it to a peer-review model after publishing a paper from an HIV denialist. Elsevier retracted that and another paper. In Times Higher Education, the University of Warwick's Steve Fuller adds: "Medical Hypotheses has never hidden what it set out to do, namely to provide a forum for bold scientific ideas that challenge the status quo."

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.