TS Picks: September 29, 2015

Detailing publication contributions; mining human connectomes; all about mutations

Sep 29, 2015
Tracy Vence

Selected “Open Contributorship Badges”GITHUB, AKENALL

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • Who did what? A new initiative led by Amye Kenall of BioMed Central and her colleagues aims to “simplify the often-fraught business of detailing who did what on a scientific paper,” Nature reported this week (September 28).
  • Georg Wittig’s “incorrect” propone-generating process has now been found correct, Retraction Watch noted in a September 25 post.
  • In a study of 461 people, members of the Human Connectome Project showed in Nature Neuroscience this week (September 28) that lifestyle, demographic, and psychometric characteristics are associated with a person’s brain wiring. Examining human connectomes, “you can distinguish people with successful traits and successful lives versus those who are not so successful,” Marcus Raichle of Washington University in St. Louis who was not involved in the work told Nature.
  • What researchers now know about how and why the human genome is altered: J. Shendure and J.M. Akey, “The origins, determinants, and consequences of human mutations,” Science, 349:1478-82, 2015.

Correction (September 30): The link in the first Pick, on “Open Contributorship Badges,” has been updated to reflect that the story appeared in Nature, not Science, as was previously written. The Scientist regrets the error.