I was pleased to see the Feb. 9 news article “Simulating blindness may boost hearing,” which described elegant and important scientific work carried out by investigators at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. The first author of the study, published in the prestigious journal Neuron, is my former student Emily Petrus. It was appropriate that the article named the senior authors of the study because they conceived it, obtained funding to carry it out and closely supervised the work. But an opportunity to illustrate an important aspect of scientific research was missed.
Scientific research is a team sport. Studies like this would not be possible without hardworking postdoctoral fellows or graduate students such as Petrus. To partially compensate for financial and personal sacrifices, these trainees look forward to the attention and help in their careers that comes from publication in high-profile journals.