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Degree Dilemma

This week, Bruce Sandy at Toronto's The Globe and Mail fields a reader's question regarding qualifications for biotech project management. Having recently earned a PhD in biochemistry, the reader asks:

In the future I want to work in a research and development position, probably in industry, where I am managing both people and projects. … Do I need to go and get a PMP [project management professional credential] in order to fulfill this goal? In other words, is there a need now or in the future for scientists who wish to manage R&D projects to have a project management certification?

Sandy recommends that the reader speak with project management professionals to learn more about their career training. He also says that the reader should consider the short and the long term — "The PMP appears to provide many benefits for you at this stage in your career," Sandy says, though he adds that if the reader is "interested in working in executive and senior management positions later in your career, you may also want to investigate executive MBA programs — some have a biotechnology or high-tech industry specialty."

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.