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Don't Go It Alone

Gene C. Fant, Jr. at The Chronicle of Higher Education's On Hiring blog says that budding academicians ought to "have a mentor before going on the [job] market." Just like most journals don't publish papers subjected only to a single review, a tenure-track applicant would be remiss to allow a search committee "to be the sole reader/adviser to one's pursuit of an academic position," he adds. To that end, Fant says that "the importance of having strong, assertive mentorship in the hiring process … cannot be overemphasized." Tenure-track applicants should seek out mentors — or, at the very least, peers, he says — to read through their application materials and help them keep their aspirations in check. "Being on the market is very much like being involved in peer-reviewed research," Fant says. "Applicants must have people review their thoughts and their applications, providing feedback at every stage of the process."

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.