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A Conversation with Linda Buck

At the Scientific American Guest Blog, Erin Johnson relays her conversation with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Linda Buck during the Women in Science Symposium held at Cornell University this month. Buck told Johnson that exposure to established female scientists is important for keeping women in science:

Having women in the lab and talking to them. … We need to have role models for our young women. Giving girls exposure to powerful women, having them see what's out there.

The Nobel laureate also shared her advice for young women who choose to pursue careers in the lab, emphasizing the importance of the process of basic science.

"Joy comes with discovery," Buck said, adding that it's important to "periodically take time to step-back, stop working in the lab, and evaluate; it's important to recognize when to give up and let go if you're going down a dead end path. … Science is meant to explore not to prove. If you set out aiming to prove a concept, you might miss the most interesting part."

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.