This week on LSCDS #ScienceNews and #Innovation, read why some individuals are suggesting a new name for the breast-cancer syndrome. Both sexes have the same rates of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations and both are equally likely to pass on these mutations to their offspring. Yet, women are ten times more likely to be tested for these mutations compared to men.
Similarly, the space agency, NASA, has proposed a new method to change the way that reviewers evaluate requests for viewing time on space telescopes in order to reduce gender biases. Using a double-blind system known as “dual-anonymous review”, both the reviewer and the proposer are unaware of who the other is. Read more on how these changes are expected to reduce gender and other biases here.
Lastly, an increase in Indian scientists publishing research in low quality journals had led to a cull in hundreds of previously approved journals due to their “predatory” or “dubious” nature. Here is the latest on how publications are assessed for legitimacy and quality in India.