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Oh... That Could Sound Bad

Mike the Mad Biologist has a post wondering what would happen if, like the recent climate researchers email-hacking brouhaha, "genomic denialists" (were they to exist) could see emails sent between members of the Human Microbiome Project. "We sometimes use phrases like 'bad data' or 'mediocre data.' I'm not talking about when something goes obviously wrong (i.e., controls fail), but the recognition that the technologies can fall short," he says, later adding that their exchanges "could be selectively edited to make us sound very bad."

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.