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TS Picks: January 26, 2016

NEJM and “research parasites”; battle of the CRISPR biotechs; phage therapy in the spotlight

Tracy Vence

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Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • Following publication of a perspective piece proposing data-sharing requirements by members of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and an accompanying editorial that referred to scientists who use the data of others as “research parasites,” The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) this week (January 25) emphasized its commitment to data sharing and explained the regretful word choice. “In the process of formulating our policy, we spoke to clinical trialists around the world. Many were concerned that data sharing would require them to commit scarce resources with little direct benefit. Some of them spoke pejoratively in describing data scientists who analyze the data of others,” wrote NEJM’s Jeffrey Drazen, who coauthored both the editorial and perspective. “To make data sharing successful, it is important to acknowledge and air those concerns. In our view, however, researchers...

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