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Thomas Mailund blogs about whether the identity of paper reviewers, and the comments they make, should be kept confidential. He acknowledges that there are good reasons not to let reviewers know who the paper's authors are -- "Like it or not, we do have prior ideas about our peers and the quality of their work, and that is likely to influence our reviews," he writes -- but says that in general, reviewers should be willing to disclose their own names. "Any honest review should not be something you would be ashamed of admitting to have written," he says. He adds that publishing review comments along with a paper would encourage discussion within the scientific community.

 

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.