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Post-Tenure Perspective

At the Blue Lab Coats blog, DrdrA says post-tenure life is hardly what she expected it would be. "My life, my job, and my career continue to be filled with all kinds of interesting surprises, twists and turns, new tasks that keep me out of my comfort zone," she said. While DrdrA is now "unfireable" as she puts it, she has encountered a new emphasis on service commitments and "on political correctness" in her career. "I’m not sure I paid attention to how politically correct I was being pre-tenure. This was mostly because I didn’t have any energy left to be politically incorrect, or give it any thought even — I was writing nearly 30 grants, trying to get papers out, blogging, and mentoring a bunch of people," DrdrA says. Now, however, "I find that there are some silly barriers that get in the way of projects going forward that have to be solved at levels outside my lab group," she adds.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.