O.S. wrote:1. I have VERY solid grounds to ask for first co-authorship, but be prepared for the lab mate to say no.
2. I can ask for the paragraph with the mouse description to be taken out of her paper. Since her paper will most likely be published before mine, she will still get a lot of credit for the mouse, but at least everybody who takes time to track down the mouse design will give me the credit (for a job interview I can also prove this was my work)
3. If all fails, I can go to the editorial board of the journal and make a bad case, and like everybody said, ruin my reputation; and most probably still lose in the end.
In the end after a long conversation with my PI he realized it was a big mistake not to be given credit for the mouse and asked me what I want. I chose solution #2 (take out the paragraph with the mouse description) since I do not want any more confrontation with the lab mate.
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