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Share and Share Alike

Blogger Danny Navarro says sharing proteomics data is "trickier than it seems." The problem, he says, isn't that proteomics researchers aren't willing to share their data with informaticians — the problem is that the proper infrastructure to share the data isn't yet in place. The databases available to share information don't upload data in the same formats or don't always take the same type of data, and researchers sometimes struggle to submit what they've got, Navarro adds.

Business Bytes Genes Molecules' Deepak Singh agrees, saying that informaticians sometimes unfairly blame researchers for the lack of data sharing. What's needed, he says, is "a set of standards" for proteomics data so that researchers and informaticians can share the information while avoiding problems. "For infrastructure to succeed, you need to make programmatic access easy and be a little patient. If you have choices, then the one that makes it easier and scalable to deposit and access is going to win out usually," Singh says.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.