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Networked Is Slightly Different Than Networking

At Thus Spake Zuska, Suzanne Franks outlines what's being called the age of Networked Science, as opposed to Big Science and Team Science of years past.  She wonders if it will, in the end, be good for scientists. "Call me cynical, but I'm just thinking that an arrangement which saves companies the expense of having to actually 'hire researchers to meet all [their] rapidly evolving scientific needs' cannot possibly be in the best long-term interests of the scientists themselves," she writes, of an article that appeared in this week's The Chronicle of Higher Education.


The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.