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The Appeal of Internships

The (Montreal) Gazette this week says that internships are becoming increasingly popular, serving the interests of both students looking to try their hand at a profession and employers seeking to "assess candidates at a substantial savings." Concordia University biochem student Maria Eugenia Arias Montecillo worked as a virology intern at pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. She tells the The Gazette that through her internship experience, "I realized this was my dream." Montecillo adds that, as a result of her real-world field experience, she "became more engaged in my studies. ... You're always unsure if you'll like the work. You want to figure out your life and what you're going to do in life." An internship in the field helped solidify her career choice, Monticello tells the paper.

The Scan

Science Confidence Boost

The New York Times reports that a new poll finds trust in science and scientists has increased with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appeal and Funds

Some grant applications denied funding due to an Australian Research Council rule change have now been funded following an appeal, the Guardian reports.

Surveillance for Variants

Vox writes that the detection of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant highlights the need for improved viral genomic surveillance.

Nature Papers Examine Taxonomic Gaps in Plant Sequencing, SARS-CoV-2-Human Interactome

In Nature this week: plant genome sequencing dominated by affluent countries, and more.