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Ask and Ye May Receive

A guest post from Pascale Lane at Dr. Isis' blog explains how to negotiate a start-up package. First, she says to find people in the field who have been assistant professors for a few years and ask them what they think they did well and what they would have changed in their own start-up packages. "Start-up packages should include space, technical support, and adequate time to develop your vision," Lane writes. She says to be sure that funding expectations are clearly be spelled out and to ask about travel and society memberships costs. Give the universities a list of your requirements and when they come back with a specific offer, go over it with trusted mentors and then make a counter-offer. She says they are sure to say no to something in your counter-offer, but then you need to balance what they'll provide and what your new lab needs. "Be polite, but ask for what you want and need for success," Lane says.

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.