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Not To Worry...

Blogger Michael White reminds everyone that Francis Crick began his postdoc at age 37. Crick then worked on using X-ray crystallography to examine ribonuclease and, as Horace Freeland Judson writes in The Eighth Day of Creation, it was dull, low-paying work that made Crick miserable. "The academic science career path is an exercise in endurance. Crick's story makes me feel better, until I realize that, by the time he began his postdoc, Crick had already done the work that would win him the Nobel Prize little over a decade later," White says.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.