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'Quantify and Convince'

In PLoS Computational Biology this week, editor-in-chief Philip Bourne proposes "10 simple rules for getting ahead as a computational biologist in academia." Bourne outlines how computational biologists can "maximize the appreciation of your research-related activities" in CVs, research statements, personal statements, cover letters, and related materials, so that an academic committee can appreciate applicants' ideas "on what is important in our field." Rule two — "quantify and convince" — speaks volumes to Bourne's overall message: "educate the committee members, who have a range of expertise, on what they should find important" when looking to promote computational biology faculty. In part, he adds, this involves using modern tools to quantify academic standing and publication impact — in place of emphasizing journal impacts — as well as one's data deposition, curation, and other related activities. Overall, as he emphasizes in rules three through five, computational biologists must make their expertise "count."

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.