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'Tis the Season to Reflect on 'Catty' Reviewer Comments

The editorial team at Environmental Microbiology says that while the journal's "referees, editorial board members, and ad hoc reviewers are busy, serious individuals who give selflessly of their precious time to improve manuscripts" year-round, from time to time "their humor — or admiration — gets the better of them." In the season's spirits of "goodwill and merriment," the Environmental Microbiology staff has rounded up a collection of reviewer's comments — some of which are decidedly more naughty than nice. Over at Discoblog, Jennifer Welsh rounds up her "favorite catty reviewer quotes" of 2010, including this gem: "The biggest problem with this manuscript, which has nearly sucked the will to live out of me, is the terrible writing style." As well as this one: "The writing and data presentation are so bad that I had to leave work and go home early and then spend time to wonder what life is about."

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.