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FoGS provides a public FAQ repository for social and behavioral genomic discoveries

Here we introduce ‘FAQs on Genomic Studies’ (FoGS), an open-access repository of explanatory documents that accompany genomic analyses in social and behavioral genomics. For fields such as social and behavioral genomics that are shaped by an ugly history and uncertain future, socially and ethically responsible research and research communication are crucial. FoGS amplifies one such approach towards responsible research communication.

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Fig. 1: Sample FoGS entry and the rise in FAQ publications over time.


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D.O.M. and L.J.M. conceived and designed the repository overall. D.O.M., L.J.M., S.T. and B.W.D. all assisted with populating the repository, and D.O.M. and L.J.M. gathered permissions from authors for entry into the repository. D.O.M. and S.T. performed data analyses and contributed to data interpretation for the manuscript. D.O.M. wrote the manuscript with input from all co-authors.

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Correspondence to Daphne Oluwaseun Martschenko.

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Martschenko, D.O., Domingue, B.W., Matthews, L.J. et al. FoGS provides a public FAQ repository for social and behavioral genomic discoveries. Nat Genet 53, 1272–1274 (2021).

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