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Ranking Journal Articles On Your Own

With the sheer number of scientific articles and increasing open information like online lab notebooks and blogs now available to scientists, how can they wade through them all to find the ones that are both interesting and valuable? At Public Rambling, Pedro Beltrao suggests using sites like FriendFeed and subscribing to RSS feeds, to begin to create a personalized ranking system. The end result, however, might have to be 'total transparency.' "Would this bother scientists?" Beltrao wonders.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.