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Opportunities on the Horizon

Salisbury Post's Sarah Campbell spoke with a handful of North Carolina professionals working in growth fields to better understand their occupations. Citing US Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Campbell says "the number of job openings for biomedical engineers is expected to increase by 72 percent" through 2018. "I think companies like biomedical engineers because they have a broad science and engineering education," Charles Bridges, a local heart surgeon, tells Campbell. "Some engineering fields are very narrow, but bioengineers can morph into almost any direction you need to go."

Campbell adds that job opportunities for trained biomedical engineers are projected to expand, and "include working in health care, consulting, research, and pharmaceuticals." Bridges says that for those with an aptitude in science and math, biomedical engineering is a choice field, particularly because it "allows you to go in multiple directions."

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.