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'Bring Some Data'

At many universities, graduate students rotate through a number of labs before settling on one, and the Genomic Repairman has advice for students as they work their ways through the department. First, he says, don't forget to study for classes. "If you fail out you are worthless to the labs, plus you undergo extra scrutiny when you have a less than stellar academic record," he says, though he adds that students should be careful not to spend time studying that they should be in the lab. Further, he says to be on time and to respect the lab technicians. "Let's face it, most of them have been doing science longer than you and at a higher level than you ever have," the Genomic Repairman says. And, he says, if you want face time with the PI, bring some data.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.