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'A Lie and a Sham'

DrugMonkey says that co-first authorship on scientific papers is "a lie and a sham and an embarrassment to our profession." PIs and lab heads should make it clear to the researchers working under them that there is no such thing as "co-equal" and that the very idea is a "valueless sop," DrugMonkey adds.

It should be made clear to any co-authors that such a note on a paper won’t bee seen as equal by the academic community, DrugMonkey says, adding that co-authors should have to sign a statement to that effect and know that it may affect their careers.

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.