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STEM Workforce Stats

In a recent report, the US Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration says that throughout the last decade, "growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs." Further, the administration notes that "STEM workers are also less likely to experience joblessness" and tend to make more money (26 percent more, on average) than workers in other fields — likely because more than two-thirds of STEM workers have a bachelor's degree or higher, it says. Notably, the Economics and Statistics Administration, or ESA, says that those who hold STEM degrees tend to "enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM … occupations." In its report, the ESA also predicts a 17 percent growth in the US STEM workforce during the period of 2008 to 2018. Overall, the administration says that "although still relatively small in number, the STEM workforce has an outsized impact on a nation's competitiveness, economic growth, and overall standard of living."

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.