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Make Mistakes, Find that Good Fit

Over at her blog, Science Professor considers whether taking a short-term, non-tenure-track teaching position might be of benefit to a person seeking a tenure-track appointment. "I think the experience can be useful," she says. "You can make all sorts of newbie mistakes ... and then, if you do get a TT [tenure-track] job, you will be awesomely prepared and ready to roll — at least in terms of teaching." Additionally, by taking a short-term position, people can get a sense of whether that particular type of institution "is a good fit," or whether they "want to run screaming away from that place as soon as you are able." While it's not a permanent solution, short-term positions can be valuable, Science Professor says. "Check the place out, check the people out, get some teaching experience, and get some visibility," she adds.

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.