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For the Two of You

Couples in which both people are academics face that special two-body challenge. In The Scientist, three couples recount their choices and give tips on how to make it work. The Nabels say that if an employer doesn’t offer terms that both people are happy with — such as lab space or, say, a job for both people — turn it down. (They did, however, make an exception for an offer from NIH that was an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”) Then, Federica Sallusto and Antonio Lanzavecchia advise couples to keep their independence, particularly in the lab. “If both researchers in a couple feel independently successful, it makes them feel like they’re on equal footing,” Lanzavecchia says. Finally, Maiken Nedergaard and Steve Goldman try to not work on the weekends to spend time with their kids and together.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.