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Today we hear that Plan S has been delayed by a year, learn that a tailored treatment for ALS is poised to move ahead and ponder if “uncertainty is the science of the future”.

Academic libraries, publishers and researchers responded to a consultation on the open-access initiative known as Plan S.

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Plan S delayed to let research community adapt

Plan S, a major push by some science agencies to make the research they fund open-access on publication, has been delayed by a year. Funders now don’t have to start implementing the initiative until 2021, to give researchers and publishers more time to adapt to the changes the bold plan requires. The funders, together called Coalition S, say they are also now prepared to give publishers more flexibility in how they transform paywalled or part-paywalled journals into fully open-access titles to become compliant with Plan S. They will also not necessarily place a cap on journals’ open-access publishing fees, as they’d previously stated.

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Tailored ALS treatment poised to move ahead

A young woman with an aggressive, early-onset form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that has already killed her twin sister is poised to receive a cutting-edge form of gene therapy. The treatment, which is yet to be approved for use, involves designing a molecule to bind to and disable mutated strands of genetic code in the woman’s cells to prevent them from producing a protein that causes the neurological damage underlying her ALS. The woman would become the second-ever person to try the approach. The first use, for a rare neurodegenerative condition called Batten disease, halted the progress of the condition.

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Reference: Proceedings of the Royal Society B paper.

(N. Mizumoto et al./Proc. Royal Soc. B)

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