Weekend reads: Vaccine-myocarditis preprint withdrawn; are citations worth $100,000 each?; the lesson of ivermectin

Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Four papers by Athira CEO earn expressions of concern Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Weekend reads: Vaccine-myocarditis preprint withdrawn; are citations worth $100,000 each?; the lesson of ivermectin

Four papers by Athira CEO earn expressions of concern

A group of researchers at Washington State University has received four expressions of concern for papers whose findings underpin a publicly traded company founded by two of the most senior authors on the articles. The studies, all of which appeared in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, came from the labs of Joseph Harding, … Continue reading Four papers by Athira CEO earn expressions of concern

Sand mining viewed from above

Poyang Lake is China’s largest freshwater lake, but sand mining has changed its depth and structure, which messes up the ecosystem. Simon Scarr and Manas Sharma for Reuters used satellite imagery to show the scale and disruption of the mining activities.

The ships look like little bugs slowly eating away at the coastline.

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New NCBI Virtual Workshop Series

We are excited to announce our new NCBI Virtual Workshop Series! This workshop series aims to engage and educate people who use NCBI resources for their biological/biomedical research, science education, and clinical application efforts. Our interactive, hands-on workshops are taught by experienced NCBI Education Faculty. The NCBI Education Team, which consists of researchers, educators, computer … Continue reading New NCBI Virtual Workshop Series

Four new options to simplify your SARS-CoV-2 submissions

We have recently added several exciting improvements to the SARS-CoV-2 GenBank submission process based on community feedback. To save you time, NCBI completes feature annotation for you, which means SARS-CoV-2 GenBank submission only requires a FASTA file and source metadata. Here are other new features to ease and simplify your submission workflow. Automatically remove failed … Continue reading Four new options to simplify your SARS-CoV-2 submissions

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✚ Visualization Tools and Learning Resources, September 2021 Roundup

Every month I collect tools and resources to help you make better charts. Here’s the good stuff for September 2021.

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SVG pattern repository

For when you want to fill SVG polygons with patterns instead of or in combination with color, Thomas Michael Semmler has a copy-and-paste collection. It’s just the basics, but it’s a convenient reference that could provide a starting point at the least.

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NIH’s Cloud Data Delivery Service: SRA Delivers Even More Big Data to your Cloud Bucket

The Sequence Read Archive (SRA) is the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) primary repository for raw, high-throughput sequencing data, containing both controlled- and open-access datasets that continue to grow exponentially. SRA is managed by the National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the data are available from NCBI’s servers as well as through cloud platforms:  Amazon … Continue reading NIH’s Cloud Data Delivery Service: SRA Delivers Even More Big Data to your Cloud Bucket

Alzheimer’s diagnosis paper retracted for failure to disclose conflicts of interest, other issues

A surgery journal has retracted a 2021 article by a group of researchers in Brazil for failure to disclose a key conflict of interest and other problems.  “Intracranial pressure waveform changes in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment” — which now seems to have disappeared entirely from the journal’s site — appeared in Surgical Neurology … Continue reading Alzheimer’s diagnosis paper retracted for failure to disclose conflicts of interest, other issues