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Interested in Industry? Don't Pass on a Postdoc

Blogger Jade says that newly minted PhDs who are interested in pursuing careers in industry ought to apply for postdoc positions in their area of interest right away. Beyond learning how to do independent research, Jade says that postdocs are a great "time to learn skills that you don't have." As pharma and biotech firms seek job candidates who have a variety of skills, postdoc training is "perfect" for those looking to gain experience with a new technique or in an altogether new field, she adds. During a period of postdoc training, researchers can also "take on opportunities to manage another scientist, maybe a lab technician or an intern" as "management training is so valuable to employers" in industry, Jade says.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.