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Study: Peer Reviewers Swayed by Prestige

By | September 27, 2016

Evaluators of mock submissions to an orthopedic surgery journal were more likely to recommend a manuscript for publication when it came from distinguished authors compared with anonymous ones.

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“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment

By | September 26, 2016

A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.

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How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By | September 21, 2016

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

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Reviewing Results-Free Manuscripts

By | September 20, 2016

An open-access journal is trialing a peer-review process in which reviewers do not have access to the results or discussion sections of submitted papers.

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TS Picks: September 19, 2016

By | September 19, 2016

Human-Neanderthal inbreeding; “personal genetics” is a family matter; studying city-dwelling rats; science reporting without embargoes

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AAAS: EurekAlert Will Be Back Online Soon

By | September 15, 2016

The press release repository will be up and running in another day or so—and more secure than before, according to a spokesperson.

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Stingrays Chew Too

By | September 15, 2016

Researchers observe stingrays moving their jaws to grind up prey, a behavior thought to be restricted to mammals.

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Toggling CRISPR Activity with a Chemical Switch

By | September 12, 2016

Researchers design a Cas9 enzyme that cuts DNA only in the presence of particular drug.

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Week in Review: September 5–9

By | September 9, 2016

Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 

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Could the Relative Citation Ratio replace the oft maligned journal impact factor?

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