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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

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.