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Scientists in Swimwear? It Must Be Time for PSB

If you're not in Hawaii just now, you can warm up vicariously with Cameron Neylon's running commentary on proceedings of the open science workshop at the PSB meeting. One of the themes of the session was "the need for persistent identity tokens to track people's contributions, and a need to re-think how citation works, and what citations are used for," Neylon writes. But the main take-home message, he notes, is the need for solid evidence that practicing open science is beneficial:

"We have little if any quantitative information on the benefits of open practice. ... More research and more aggregation of examples will help here but there is a desperate need for numbers and details to help funders, policy [makers], and researchers themselves to make informed choices about what approaches are worth adopting, and which are not."

If you want to check out the rest of what's going on at PSB, there's a running commentary on Friendfeed.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.