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What Scientists Know, and What They Don't

Scientists know a lot about many different subjects, says Janet Stemwedel at the Doing Good Science blog at Scientific American. Since science can be used to make decisions that affect individuals and society, it's important for non-scientists to listen to the people who "are presumed to have the expertise to sort reliable knowledge claims from snake oil," she says. But it's also important to know that not all scientists are experts on every subject, she adds, and asks whether there is "enough of a common core between different areas of science that scientists trained in one area can be trusted to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of work in another scientific area." In her own capacity as a researcher, Stemwedel says she is comfortable calling herself qualified to speak on several different topics, but that even with all of her expertise, she acknowledges that there are things she doesn't know. "Knowing how far the tether of your expertise extends is part of being a responsible scientist," she says.

The Scan

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.