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Revamping Postdoc Training

Blogger Professor in Training, a self-described second-year assistant professor at a large university, offers some ways in which the postdoc training experience could be improved. First, the author suggests that annual reviews should be conducted by others beyond the principal investigator to hold the PI accountable for mentoring and training. Next, the author proposes setting a time limit on postdoc positions to avoid “an ongoing situation that often turns into exploitation of cheap labor.” Finally, the blogger writes, there should be a strong institutional commitment to ― and recognition of ― postdoctoral researchers. “For me as a new PI, the first step is to make sure that my own postdocs don’t experience the same problems that I did,” Professor in Training writes.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.