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Translating What the Scoring System Means

Blue Lab Coats' DrdrA has gotten back a review of her latest grant proposal — somehow her proposal did worse this go-round — and discusses the new scoring system. She received an overall score and percentile ranking with a summary of the review panel discussion, along with individual reviews and scores for aspects of the grant proposal such as significance and approach. "My overall impression of this new arrangement? First, I thought the critiques were quite general… just lacking in specificity. And more blunt," DrdrA blogs. She later adds that "there will definitely be a learning curve to deciphering this, in all its generality, in the new scoring system."

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.