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The Newest Member of the Lab

With a good plan in place, leaving the lab for family leave can go fairly smoothly, says this article at The Scientist. One of the first steps is to investigate the policies that your institute, or potential new institute, has for leave, tenure, and child care. In addition, Bob Grant at The Scientist says it's good to make friends, both with colleagues in your lab and outside — that way you know that your samples will be taken care of and that your collaborators will continue to work while you're gone. Another step to take, Grant says, is to develop a status report of your projects that includes the experimental details and progress of your experiments to give to the lab manager. "If I knew, as a supervisor, that my employee had thought through those things already and showed that they had a plan, I'd know that there was a good possibility that when they came back things would be very stable," says Gail Simmons from Manhattanville College.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.