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The Unsuspected Challenges in the Lab


When it comes to challenges in the lab, Marian Walhout says that it isn't funding or technical issues that bog her down but rather, the task of running a lab, period. She says that for the most part, she's had to learn as she goes when it comes to managing her lab, because at no point in her training was she ever prepped on the task that lay ahead. "When you start, you change from running your own project to running an enterprise and doing many things that we're not trained for such as management, finance, dealing with the psychology of the people in the lab," she says. "That has been both the most challenging and the most exciting part, people skills and money and PR and politics, it's like when you start a lab, the science becomes the easy part."

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.