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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

Harvard Team Report One-Time Base Editing Treatment for Motor Neuron Disease in Mice

A base-editing approach restored SMN levels and improved motor function in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy, a new Science paper reports.

International Team Examines History of North American Horses

Genetic and other analyses presented in Science find that horses spread to the northern Rockies and Great Plains by the first half of the 17th century.

New Study Examines Genetic Dominance Within UK Biobank

Researchers analyze instances of genetic dominance within UK Biobank data, as they report in Science.

Cell Signaling Pathway Identified as Metastasis Suppressor

A new study in Nature homes in on the STING pathway as a suppressor of metastasis in a mouse model of lung cancer.