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"You Get What You Pay For"

Mike the Mad Biologist writes that ever since he started as a biologist, he's been told that "in five years, there's going to be a massive wave a retirement of older faculty," though that never seems to occur, and that there's always been this worry that not enough Americans are going into science to fill that gap. A ScienceInsider post from October discussed a study that suggests that there isn't a "shrinking supply of native-born talent in United States" but that science and technology wages are depressed and that lures would-be scientists to more lucrative fields. "Like many other things in life, you get what you pay for (if you're lucky)," Mike the Mad Biologist writes, adding that "until we create more science-related opportunities, in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, we are just creating an over-qualified, underpaid workforce."

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.