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Women Awarded More Doctorates Than Men

According to new Council of Graduate Schools data released today, women were awarded more doctoral degrees than men in 2008-09, obtaining 50.4 percent of those granted across disciplines. Notably, women were awarded 50.9 percent of all doctoral degrees in biological and agricultural sciences and 70.2 percent of those in health sciences; men obtained 78.4 and 66.6 percent of all doctorates in engineering and physical and earth sciences, respectively. Nathan Bell, director of research and policy analysis for CGS, tells Inside Higher Ed that these data are indicative of a "natural progression of what we have been seeing" in higher education, and adds that "the pipeline is increasingly female."

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.