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So I went back to Science where they got the story and then to the original study as a preprint. It's the researchers who erased women.

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.10.11.21264863v2

One of the researchers is a graduate teaching assistant whose list of research topics includes alphabet soup, so that's probably why. Also, the main researcher is not a medical one, either, though on faculty at a medical school.