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At Open …, Glyn Moody recently blogged that peer review, at least as it is done now, is not necessary. Moody writes that the system was set up in a time when opportunities to publish were scarce and "needed husbanding." Today though, Moody says that with the Internet, there are a plethora of publishing opportunities and "there are all kinds of systems that allow any scientist — or even the general public — to rate content and to vote it up towards a wider audience."

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.