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Publish, Dammit! And Pipette Faster, Too

In his blog, T. Ryan Gregory addresses the glass-half-empty crowd in a post on why advisors encourage their grad students to publish. While many people argue that this push to publish is negative -- both in the advisor's motivation and in the upshot for the student -- Gregory says there are plenty of positive reasons for scientists to egg on their students' literary endeavors. "Implicit assumptions that advisors have only their own selfish interests at heart can do little more than to discourage students from trying their hand at research and to offend advisors who care sincerely about their students," he writes.

 

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.