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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

CNN's Lou Dobbs reports on the effect of immigration on science salaries, and Andre at Biocurious wonders if he's not correct in his thinking. "[Companies] keep wages low by exploiting visa rules, and bringing cheap foreign workers into this country," Dobbs says. The number of foreign postdocs increased by 52 percent since 1996, while the number of postdocs who are US citizens or permanent residents has only grown by 9 percent.

Says Andre: "If Americans cut off the supply of foreign scientists by making it even harder to get visas, postdoc salaries would increase because of the sudden drop in available labor, but at the same time, labs would no longer be getting the best available people and the quality and quantity of science would decrease. Wouldn't this drop in productivity in American labs make it harder to justify research spending to the government and general population?"

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.