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Maybe You're Born With It?

The Meandering Scholar wonders whether grantsmanship is a task that can be mastered or an intrinsic talent. To that end, he asks his readers whether PIs should teach their trainees how to write grants or if doing so would be "wasting their valuable lab time" and "enforcing skills they might not appreciate." Should every postdoc be required to try their hand at writing and submitting a funding proposal "or is good grantsmanship contingent upon a more ingrained skill set than the ability to form a perfect sentence?" he asks. ChemicalBiLOLogy says that grant-writing is all "skill, skill, skill, [such] that even if you are not naturally gifted at, you can use strategies to improve to the point where you get competitive." BrooksPhD points out that even those who are considered gifted writers can struggle to adapt to the "different styles required for writing a manuscript vs. a grant application in addition to different styles for different grants/agencies."

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.