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Scientists Tweaked For Tweeting

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hide captionWill the real journalist please stand up?

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Many scientists see "tweeting" brief news updates from research conferences as just a hobby—a good way to tell pals at home about something cool they've just learned.

But tweets are public, which makes these mini-reports sort of like journalism. So Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories now says it wants any scientist sending these spot blog posts from its meetings to abide by the same restrictions it imposes on the mainstream media (such as checking with a speaker before posting study results).

ScienceInsider has the story of who complained. Daniel MacArthur of Genetic Future responds here. And blogging scientist Andrew Maynard explains why he thinks the lab's new "citizen journalist" rules shouldn't apply to him.

You be the judge.

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