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Maternity Leave as an 'Intellectual Holiday'

Elaine Westwick at The Stuff of Life says that contrary to popular thought, women who take time away from their research careers to raise children could actually be a good thing for science. In a recent People & Science article, Westwick argues that maternity leave offers female scientists an "intellectual holiday" that could, in fact, allow them to be "more open to novel ideas and less sullied by the scientific status quo." "Too often science is done in a rush," she adds, and time away from the bench may afford women the chance to adopt broader perspectives. Female scientists who opt to take time off to raise children also play a "role in bringing up scientifically aware offspring," Westwick says, adding that in science, "highly qualified women slip guiltily off the career track," whereas the community should instead "applaud those engaging with the ordinary, whether it is bringing scientific facts to … expounding evidence-based thinking in non-scientific pursuits," or otherwise sharing their talents outside of the lab.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.