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, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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