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Supporting Maternity Leave

Following up on her post on how PIs, particularly new PIs, are affected when lab members go on leave, DrdrA wonders if NIH could support labs when a graduate student or postdoc is on maternity leave. "The only way, I think, to address this problem is with actual money," she blogs. "Perhaps a mechanism could be set up to allow NIH supported researchers to apply for supplements to their NIH grant to cover the salary of an employee that is out on leave for childbirth." DrdrA goes on to say that she is all in favor of more family-friendly policies, including paternity leave, but she is first fighting "for mothers not to be disadvantaged or discriminated against in their careers because they need to take some time off after giving birth."

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.