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This Week in Science: Jul 4, 2008

The peer review process continues to have problems. In an editorial this week, Science editors discuss steps researchers and their organizations can take to improve the process. This letter from Martin Raff, Alexander Johnson, and Peter Walter suggests ways journal editors and reviewers can make peer review more efficient.

This news item reports on progress at the Cancer Genome Atlas pilot project, whose leaders presented updates on their work to NCI's scientific advisors last week. So far, the article says, presenters and advisors alike find the results promising.

A report from Michael Sanderson at the University of Arizona uses analysis of phylogenetic signals in sequences from GenBank to make the case that scientists will need to obtain gene sequence from many more organisms in order to build high-resolution phylogenetic trees on a broad scale.

This paper, from senior author Karel Svodoba at HHMI's Janelia Farm and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, demonstrates the results of two types of imaging to study the activity of Ras after being activated in a dendritic spine.


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.