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Stopping the Clock

KerryAnn O'Meara and Corbin Campbell say that the presence or absence of role models, the culture of an institution or department, and how much professional capital professors think they have stored up affect whether or not they take advantage of family-friendly policies. "Where they are and where they want to be—that's influencing them as they think about whether they can take parental leave or leave at 5," O'Meara says to the Chronicle of Higher Education. She adds that having gender-neutral policies helps to alleviate some of the unease women feel. "Then it's not like the 'mommy track' anymore," she says.

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.