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On her Adventures in Ethics and Science blog, Janet Stemwedel posts on some trends indicating a decline in peer-reviewed papers (fair warning: this decline has been spotted in the economics realm, but it's still an interesting lesson for scientists). Stemwedel discusses some of the practical problems of peer review, as well as the problems associated with skirting the review process and posting research, for instance, on a personal website instead.

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The Lancet has made changes to its peer-review process in response to its recent retraction of a COVID-19-related paper, Science reports.

The New York Times reports that a series of emails show how Department of Health and Human Services officials sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new initiative aims to move Australia's genome sequencing labs onto one system, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PLOS this week: recessive mutation tied to early-onset dilated cardiomyopathy, epigenetic analysis of lung adenocarcinoma, and more.