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Sexism and Sloppy Science

Larry Moran follows up on a paper that came out in January in Trends in Ecology & Evolution that concluded there is a systematic bias against papers with female first-authors, and that bias could be removed by a double-blind review process. Since then, another group re-analyzed the data and found that there has been a general increase in female authorship over time -- not due to the implementation of a blinded review. The original authors responded that their study was observational and that their results, then, were subject to other variables. "The problem of sexism in science is serious and needs to be addressed. But it doesn't do anyone any good if one side is supporting their claims with sloppy science," says Moran.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.