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Microbiologists Get In on The Third Reviewer Fun

DrdrA at Blue Lab Coats blogs that The Third Reviewer has added microbiology as its second discipline, and includes papers up for anonymous review from a "very small set of journals for now." In June, when the online "journal club" was launched and put neuroscience papers up for review, several bloggers contemplated which disciplines would be included in the initiative, and when. According to The Third Reviewer, users are more apt to comment on papers without "fear of reprisal" when the have the option to do so under a pseudonym.

Blogger Isis points out an example in which an actual reviewer of a manuscript commented on the published paper at The Third Reviewer. He or she "lists all of the specific problems with the manuscript that were not addressed by the authors in their original response to the reviewer's criticisms," Isis writes, calling the comment a "reminder to many that even though an article may make its way into the literature, it doesn't mean that everyone agrees with it."

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.