I have said it before and I will say it again: good collaborators are the best gift an early career scientist can have. That makes cases like this one all the more stark!
It's pretty clear to me that nobody will come out of this particular mess happy. The main researcher will have a hard time publishing their paper. The collaborator has lost an important paper. Confusion has been created in the the scientific literature. Nobody comes out ahead.
So far I've been very lucky on this front. Here is hoping that this continues.
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