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The Forks in the Road

Computer scientists have three choices in a career, blogs Mark Chu-Carroll at Good Math, Bad Math. They can do academic research, industrial research, or industrial development. Chu-Carroll says these paths differ on five points: freedom, funding, time and scale, results, and impact. Funding, he points out, is "a direct tradeoff with freedom: the more freedom you have, the more you're stuck working to get resources; the more constrained you are, the more secure your funding situation is." For time and scale, Chu-Carroll notes that academics can take on longer-term, ambitious ideas but industry people often can only map put a project for a year or so. Then, the results coming out of the work are different: in academia, you get publications while in industry, you produce a prototype or a product. Impact, though, is what Chu-Carroll says is important to him. "My work actually matters to people. The importance of that can't be overstated," he says.

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.