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Prettier Code

Research code can be messy stuff and tweaked on the fly to examine different hypotheses, writes Iddo Friedberg at Byte Size Biology. "Research coding is not done with the purpose of being robust, or reusable, or long-lived in development and versioning repositories," he says. "Upgrades are not provided and the product, such as it is, is definitely not user-friendly for public consumption." However, as a Twitter conversation Friedberg had points out, the code could have bugs or errors that affect results. Friedberg notes that the Bioinformatic Testing Consortium, of which he is part, aims to test such code. "A great idea, and if taken up by journals, having your BTC-approved code accompanying your paper would go a long way to validating the science presented in your research article," he says.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.