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'Statement of Support'

A group of higher education leaders from 16 countries led by the Council of Graduate Schools and the University of Hong Kong has agreed on a set of principles "to strengthen and create pathways from graduate school to careers," the co-sponsors announced. Among the principles they've outlined, delegates for the upcoming Strategic Leaders Global Summit have agreed to "support the recognition of (post)graduate education as the basis of economic progress," strengthen doctoral education through "the integration of essential transferable skills," and to support academic institutions' efforts "to track career patterns and outcomes for (post)graduate students over time." Over at the Science Careers blog, Beryl Benderly says that "merely stating principles provides neither the incentives nor the wherewithal for universities and faculty members to make the needed cultural, attitudinal, and practical changes," though she adds that such "a statement of support can help get ideas circulating in academic conversation."

The Scan

Researchers Compare WGS, Exome Sequencing-Based Mendelian Disease Diagnosis

Investigators find a diagnostic edge for whole-genome sequencing, while highlighting the cost advantages and improving diagnostic rate of exome sequencing in EJHG.

Researchers Retrace Key Mutations in Reassorted H1N1 Swine Flu Virus With Avian-Like Features

Mutations in the acidic polymerase-coding gene boost the pathogenicity and transmissibility of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses, a PNAS paper finds.

Genome Sequences Reveal Evolutionary History of South America's Canids

An analysis in PNAS of South American canid species' genomes offers a look at their evolutionary history, as well as their relationships and adaptations.

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.