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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

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.