Links and Thinks 2021-07-23

1) New study says Fox News is responsible for low vaccine rates
Apparently, they controlled for confounding factors, and there was still a causal association between Fox-watching and vaccination compliance.

2) Why bad science is sometimes more appealing than good science

The authors of the citation study theorize that reviewers and editors apply lower standards to “showy” or dramatic papers than to those that incrementally advance the field and that highly interesting papers attract more attention, discussion and citations. In other words, there is a bias in favor of novelty.

3) ‘It’s too late’: US doctor says dying patients begging for Covid vaccine

“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late,” she added, referring to patients who have to be put on a ventilator.

4) To read:
a) Bacterial Nomenclature in the Era of Genomics (Pallen, 2021)
b) Highly accurate protein structure prediction for the human proteome (Tunyasuvunakool et al., 2021)
i) via