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Family-Friendly Benefits For The Win

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Yale University is the only college to have been named one of the top 100 family-friendly companies by Working Mother magazine this year. Working Mother lauds Yale's five on-site child care centers and child care benefits, the free health insurance it offers employees who work at least 20 hours per week and earn less than $83,000 annually, and its program for staffers "who buy a home in designated areas of New Haven," which affords them "up to $30,000 in grants from the university during their first 10 years of ownership," among other benefits.

AgBio firm Monsanto offers its employees "the option of applying for a year of job-guaranteed time off after their 12-week birth or adoption leave," after which they can enroll in the company's Return to Work program to "consult with a work-life coach to get help transitioning back," according to the magazine.

Pharmalot notes that pharmaceutical firms Abbott Labs, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis also made the Working Mother top 100 this year.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.