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At Science Careers, author Adam Ruben chronicles his life as a scientist, from preschool to postdoc. Growing up, Ruben says, he and other young scientists "thought we would rule the world. Then we got actual science careers." Now, while his grant says his purpose is to cure malaria, Ruben says his actual job "is to move small amounts of liquid from one place to another.

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President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Eric Lander to serve as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Associated Press says.

Nature News writes that scientists are trying to figure out how to name the new strains of SARS-CoV-2 that are emerging.

The New York Times reports that researchers are studying identical twins who had COVID-19 to understand the influence of genetics on disease severity.

In PNAS this week: epistasis affecting cystic fibrosis, Tiger rattlesnake genome gives venom insight, and more.