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Tenure-Track Draft Picks

A postdoc and blogger at Candid Engineer in Academia suggests that "if assistant professors were drafted the same way as players in the NFL," tenure-track candidates could be evaluated by "some kind of ranking, and difficult-to-decipher stats," like their h-index, or an algorithm to determine their overall efficiency. Institutions vying for top candidates in "the TT draft" would devise slick strategies, and scouting reports would surface, such as "should we go with the cell biologist? Maybe it'd be wise to go with someone a little taller. You never know when the NIH might enact height requirements," the blogger jokes.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.