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Preparedness, Communication, and Perseverance

In a list of 20 tips for new and aspiring postdocs, blogger Dr. Girlfriend at Life After Grad School stresses the importance of preparedness, communication, and perseverance. She also emphasizes that postdocs should take charge of their careers. The mentor-mentee relationship, she says, is a two-way street. "If you are not generating data, your PI will intervene and demand you do your job or get out. However, if your PI is not providing training and experience in the soft skills required to run a lab it is up to you to demand he fulfills his role as your mentor," Dr. Girlfriend writes. It is also up to the postdoc to inquire about the take-away possibilities for specific projects, to ask for training in "soft skills," and to ensure their job is secure and the salary is fair. (For the latter, Dr. Girlfriend recommends checking the NIH's annual stipend levels.) She adds that when it comes to one's postdoc career, "if you do not ask you will probably not receive."

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.