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CAREERS: Family vs. Academia? The 'Leaky Pipeline' Argument

This article from Science Progress delves into the question of when women scientists should have families. The rule of thumb used to be to wait till the scientist had tenure, according to the story, but with the age at tenure now over 39, the advice is less and less practical. A new report from former UC Berkeley graduate dean Mary Ann Mason -- entitled "Staying Competitive: Patching America’s Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences" -- says some current policies "are driving women out of the academic pipeline." According to the report, Science Progress adds, "work-life issues, and particularly decisions about when to get married and when to have children, account for the most significant loss of academic scientists in the pipeline between Ph.D. and tenured positions."

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.