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Weighing the Options

Dr. Girlfriend at Life Beyond the Bench says that despite the frustrations she has experienced throughout her training in molecular biology, "deep down, I still want to be a professor." After all, she enjoys designing experiments and proposing projects — "the best part of my PhD was writing the thesis," she says. But Dr. Girlfriend has "always wished science had a fast forward button for all that tedious, and too often fruitless bench work." At the same time, Dr. Girlfriend acknowledges that being an academic PI can be tough; she's not sure whether the personal sacrifices she and her partner would have to make so that she could remain competitive in science would be worthwhile. Perhaps, in the end, "I think I would be happy doing bench work [at] a reasonably paid job rather than a desperate struggle to publish or perish," she says.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.