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Mentor Trumps Project?

Over at Reddit, graduate student ktuluflux asks about the qualities that distinguish "great" researchers from "simply good" ones. "There are those graduate researchers who win multiple awards and honors, but I also see others working as hard without the same productivity," ktuluflux says. While Reddit synthetic organic and organometallic contributor nallen suggests that project selection is "the most critical factor [in] a successful graduate school career," chrisamiller, a cancer genomics and bioninfomatics contributor, suggests that mentorship matters more. To that, chrisamiller suggests that graduate students choose a mentor "carefully," based on considerations for future success. "It's about the culture of the lab: striking the right balance between availability and micro-management, and knowing that they're going to support you as you push papers and try to graduate," chrisamiller says. "These things often matter even more than your project."

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.