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In "The Disposable Academic," The Economist says that "doing a PhD is often a waste of time." While it acknowledges that graduate students complaining that their line of work is akin to "slave labor" is "nothing new," The Economist argues that "there seems to be genuine problems with the system," as there is "an oversupply of PhDs" few job openings for them. The Economist says critics have even gone so far as to compare graduate programs to Ponzi schemes.

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A small, early-stage trial of a combination therapy for brain cancer reports favorable responses in two patients, according to the Guardian.

Nature News writes that viral genomic surveillance in the US faces systemic issues.

President Joe Biden is seeking an increase in federal spending, including higher budgets for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In PLOS this week: sex-stratified genome-wide association study of chronic pain, sequencing data from Indigenous Mexican groups, and more.