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'Finding a Better Fit'

Grant Jacobs at Code for Life says that a recent career talk he attended only presented students with information about careers in academia. While Jacobs says it's unreasonable to expect professors to speak beyond their realms of expertise, "those presenting academic career path talks should do their student audience a huge favor and at least mention that the academic path is the exception, not the rule." That many students still aspire to become academic faculty is rooted in an institutionalized "echo chamber," he adds. "For a decent number of years, almost the only thing that students see as 'success' is senior academics." But for graduate students and postdocs who've already devoted years to their training, Jacobs suggests the issue is more "finding a better fit" than academia, rather than "letting go" of it altogether. Institutions ought to "bear some responsibility to show the full range of [PhD career] possibilities," or, at the very least, share with students that as it stands, "less than half of them will remain in academic work," he says.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.