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We'd Like to Hide from the Recession Ourselves

Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe blogs about bad reasons for going to graduate school, citing an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that brought up the topic. Of all the bad reasons discussed -- including idealizing the college environment in the face of getting an entry-level job and preferring the validation of high grades -- the one that seems most applicable in the scientific world is hiding from the bad economy, Lowe says. "I'd have to think that we have a lot of people who are taking a bit longer to finish their PhDs than they might have otherwise, and a lot of people looking for post-docs who might otherwise not have done one, while they wait for the job market to improve," he writes.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.