Genome For An Endosymbiont Woes

On the 15th, I reported about the recently sequenced genome of R. magnifica. One of the coauthors is not pleased with the papers outcome

Actually, in reality, most everything about this paper, well, kind of sucks.

Why? Not because of the quality of research or the topic.  First, Science favored a jazzy, unecessary figure over content.  Second, Science, and the paper, are not open access.  And let me add a third, the poorly written press release on the work.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

3 comments on “Genome For An Endosymbiont Woes
  1. FYI – That was not a press release. It was a blog by someone in the press office at Davis. Somehow somebody picked it up and thought it was a press release. I sent the press office an email that said “hey – here is this paper I just found out about that I am on” and they put a little thing about it in the blog. So it was probably written in a minute or two.

    And – then UPI has now picked it up from the blog and is saying we sequenced the Calyptogena genome.

    I am waiting to see what the next twist is.

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