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Blogging Makes Perfect

Blogger Genomic Repairman says that at a recent society-sponsored career workshop for graduate students, speakers representing a variety of careers — from tenure-track professors to lawyers, consultants, and NIH program officers — emphasized the importance of writing skills. "Communication skills were huge components of each of the careers, but writing was valued even more than oral communication," he writes. One panelist, a science journalist, suggested that students begin blogging in order to sharpen their skills. "For me, blogging has been a way to work on my writing," Genomic Repairmen writes, adding that "it has also exposed me many topics and trends in the life sciences field that I would have been otherwise not seen for a while."

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.