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Unsung Work

There's a discussion thread over in The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities' forum on acknowledging a core facility's input to a project. The discussion kicked off when a core facility manager wrote in saying that her core had helped with the design, execution, and analysis of an experiment, yet the resulting paper said that graduate students had designed and done the work; it did also say that a core was involved. One suggestion to solve this problem was to get all that straightened out upfront, before any work is done or even during the grant application process. Many of the commenters on the thread say this is common, but that core managers should speak up. "If this is a post-doc or grad student learning from their PI that this is acceptable behavior, that is bad especially in this day and age," writes in Deb McMillen.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.