When I worked in physics and electrical engineering, 'getting scooped' usually meant someone reporting your specific finding before you and that finding can be an algorithm or a formula or a novel discovery. In large-scale biology, the notion seems to be quite different. For example, we often work on genome assembly or gene expression analysis, but in my mind the genome or gene expression are only steps to find interesting genes or biological mechanisms. Two groups working on gene expressions under light and dark conditions for a weird plant may focus on completely different results. Yet, biologists I work with tend to assume that the reporting of gene expression of the weird plant is 'the result' and not the specific finding. So, whoever submits a paper about gene expression of the weird plant is the first, no matter how sophisticated the findings are. Journals seem to go with that notion and the process creates unnecessary stress on us trying to do careful analysis and find something reportable.
Did you experience the same thing as a bioinformatician? How do you handle such situations?