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Academia is the 'Exception'

Blogger Grant Jacobs at Code for Life says that these days "the academic research career is the exception." Scientists who choose to pursue careers outside of academia "are not exceptions, but are the rule," he suggests. Jacobs points out that, according to New Zealand's Ministry of Research, Science & Technology statistics, "the majority of science PhD students do not go on to work in academic science, at least not immediately after their PhD studies." Jacobs suggests that careers-related discussions with post-graduate students should open with "most of you will not go on to academic careers," and they should highlight exciting opportunities elsewhere. Given the option to consider careers beyond the ivory tower, PhD students might realize that they would be "happier working in a commercial setting as part of a large team" or might "aspire to be a science manager, leaving the day-to-day science" to their colleagues, Jacobs writes.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.