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Female Faculty and Family Friendliness

Mary Ann Mason at Science Progress says that the US is not doing enough to retain female tenure-track scientists. The University of California, Berkeley, Law School professor and her colleagues show that "the leak is predominantly associated with starting a family," she writes. "Across the country married women scientists with young children who have received their PhDs are 35 percent less likely to enter a tenure-track position than married men with young children," she notes, adding that 43 percent of the 62 universities her team surveyed "provided no, very limited, or ad hoc leave policies for graduate student mothers and only 13 percent offered a baselines of at least six weeks of guaranteed paid leave without limitations that prohibit access to it." Mason suggests that "our current inadequate benefiting of America's researchers makes no economic sense," and that the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act could provide the means for "universities and federal agencies to work together on a baseline of family responsive policies for graduate students, postdoctoral academic researchers, and faculty," she writes.

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.