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Superior Supervisors?

Over at The Scientist, Edyta Zielinska examines whether women make more effective lab leaders than men, or if they are more critical of female subordinates — and therefore poorer mangers. In referencing a 2009 New York Times article, "No Doubts: Women are Better Managers," Zielinska says that in the lab setting, this may "possibly" hold true. For example, "there are also signs that women may excel at a new leadership style," she writes. According to The Scientist, research shows that employees value leaders who innovate, mentor, and push employees to develop their strengths. "In a meta-analysis of leadership styles, women made up 52.5 percent of the above-average transformational leaders, while men comprised 47.5 percent," Zielinska writes. Alice Eagly, professor of psychology at Northwestern University tells The Scientist that the new definition of effective leadership "is not necessarily feminine, but it's more androgynous," and employs less of a "top down, tell-everyone-what-to-do approach."

The piece also suggests that women "check your gender biases," and offers tips for female employers and employees alike.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.