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'Keep Calm and Carry On' in the Lab

Over at Blogging the PhD this week, Erika Cule says that between research concerns and work-life balance worries, there are plenty of things to stress graduate students out. Cule says the top three triggers of students' stress — "feeling frustrated [or] demotivated by your results and apparent lack of progress; experiencing high levels of stress because of your research; [and] being unclear about the next stage of your career," as a 2009 Imperial College London study found — are not so surprising. But no matter how pervasive the perceived stressors are, Cule says there are things PhD students can do to help themselves. "As well as looking to your supervisor for a realistic assessment of where you are at, seek support from your fellow PhD students," she says. By discussing shared concerns among fellow students, "you will probably find empathy if not immediate solutions," she adds.

Our sister publication Genome Technology's careers column this month also includes expert advice for approaching trainees or labmates that seem stressed out.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.