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Put a Number on It

DrugMonkey is currently polling his readers about what he's calling the "postdoctoral requirement," specifically asking: "How many years of postdoc training are required before getting a faculty-level job?" Among the 157 respondents who say they began a postdoc in 2006 or later, 33 percent say three-to-four years of training are required, while 32 percent think five-to-six is more appropriate. Of the 75 respondents who indicated they began a postdoc between 2000 and 2005, nearly 31 percent consider five-to-six years best. And for the 39 respondents who began a postdoc before 2000, 30 percent agreed that five-to-six years of training are best.

In the comments, Joseph notes that postdoc lengths vary by field, but that overall, "greater than four years feels like excessive for the possible benefits." Arrzey adds that the average length of a postdoc "certainly has become longer over the last 15 years."

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.