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What to Do About Review

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."

Deepak Singh at business|bytes|genes|molecules says he disagrees even though he is "not a huge fan of the current peer-review system." Singh writes that peer review can be a source of advice that improves the quality of science. He does, however, say that what goes through the peer-review process should be changed. "To put this another way, with peer-review we should be focussing on a subset of what we publish today, while the rest goes into blogs, Nature Precedings, self-published articles, etc," he writes.

The Scan

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.