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There's an Art to Constructive Criticism

Thomas Mailund is "miffed." The cause: not very nice reviews from a journal where he submitted two papers. Not only were they not nice, they were short, not constructive, and the editorial staff hasn't made a decision yet on whether to accept the paper. Even if he resubmits it with changes, he still might not please them. "Of course reviewers are permitted to not like a paper and to not find it interesting," he says, but "telling me that they do not find the results interesting, and then telling me to resubmit is just crazy! How can I make any improvements if that is all the criticism I get?"

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.