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Revealing Peer Reviewer Identities Could Introduce Bias: Study
An analysis finds that reviewers are more likely to choose to be de-anonymized when their reviews are positive, suggesting instituting a fully open process might discourage negative feedback.
Revealing Peer Reviewer Identities Could Introduce Bias: Study
Revealing Peer Reviewer Identities Could Introduce Bias: Study

An analysis finds that reviewers are more likely to choose to be de-anonymized when their reviews are positive, suggesting instituting a fully open process might discourage negative feedback.

An analysis finds that reviewers are more likely to choose to be de-anonymized when their reviews are positive, suggesting instituting a fully open process might discourage negative feedback.

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Q&A, Genetics & Genomics, research bias, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, pandemic, coronavirus, big data
COVID-19 Research Biased Toward Only a Handful of Genes
Amanda Heidt | Nov 24, 2020 | 5 min read
Thomas Stoeger of Northwestern University has previously studied scientists’ limited focus on certain genes. In a new study, he shows how these same behaviors extend into the science of COVID-19.
Research Slated for Fall Will Stumble Without Undergraduates
Amanda Heidt | Aug 10, 2020 | 4 min read
Junior faculty in particular may lose ground as undergrad students remain barred from university labs.
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Present Your Paper in The Scientist’s Journal Club
The Scientist Staff | 1 min read
Apply today to share your cutting-edge research in The Scientist’s Journal Club.
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It’s So Hard to Know Who’s Dying of COVID-19—and When
David Adam | May 18, 2020 | 5 min read
It can take days for each death to be recorded in official statistics. “Nowcasting” estimates the actual occurrence of deaths, and the true peak of the pandemic.
Vapers Reported Adverse Health Effects Online for Years: Study
Ashley Yeager | Jan 7, 2020 | 2 min read
Researchers mined an electronic cigarette users’ online discussion forum and found reports of headaches, coughing, itching, and throat pain.
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Mapping Out What Makes the Heart Tick
Nathan Ni, PhD | 3 min read
A novel atlas reveals region-specific links between structural, mechanical, and genetic properties within the heart.
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Machine Learning “Very Easy to Abuse”
Carrie Arnold | Jun 24, 2019 | 3 min read
Microbiologist Nick Loman talks about the power of artificial intelligence and the best way to use it.
Q&A: A 10,000-Genome Milestone for Shared Pediatric Cancer Data  
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Computational biologist Jinghui Zhang of St. Jude realized scientists could work more efficiently with tools and genomic data shared on the cloud.
The Rise of Cannabis Extraction Labs
Chemyx Inc. | 5 min read
Scientists in cannabis extraction laboratories are bravely pioneering a new field of agro-chemical engineering.
Drop Statistical Significance, Scientists Say
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 21, 2019 | 2 min read
In service of an arbitrary threshold, p-values often lead researchers to make poorly supported claims and ignore interesting but insignificant results, scientists argue.
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Q&A: John Ioannidis Talks Transparency in Biomedical Literature
Shawna Williams | Nov 20, 2018 | 3 min read
The Stanford University researcher discusses a new study on measures such as data sharing and funding disclosures.
Industry Partners Extensively Involved in Trials They Fund
Catherine Offord | Oct 5, 2018 | 2 min read
A new study suggests that sponsors downplay their influence when reporting trials carried out in collaboration with academic researchers.
Scientists Play Favorites with Studying Human Genes. Here’s Why.
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 19, 2018 | 2 min read
Despite the Human Genome Project having heralded the exploration of previously unknown human genes, the focus of genetic studies remains narrow.
Opinion: Deductive Science Is Needed for Public Health
Giuseppe Carruba | Jun 27, 2018 | 3 min read
Big data and empirical approaches to understanding diseases provide a limited picture of pathogenesis.
Infographic: Partitioning the Genome
Catherine Offord | Nov 30, 2016 | 1 min read
To make sense of the genetic variation within species, researchers are turning to the concept of the pangenome.
Learning Bioinformatics
Esther Landhuis | Jul 1, 2016 | 8 min read
In today’s data-heavy research environment, wet-lab scientists can benefit from new computational skills.
Scaling to Singles
Kelly Rae Chi | May 1, 2016 | 9 min read
Tips for tracing transcription in individual cells
How to Use P-Values Correctly
Kerry Grens | Mar 9, 2016 | 2 min read
The American Statistical Association offers guidance on best practices for the oft-misused tool.
Free Flow
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Dec 1, 2015 | 7 min read
A sampling of free software for flow cytometry data analysis
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