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Do It For You

Over at What You're Doing is Rather Desperate, Neil Saunders says there are three good reasons why a young scientist should have a blog:  it creates scientific egalitarianism ("if you have good ideas and can articulate them, you can bring them to the attention of others and build a community around them"), helps you connect with the right people, and gives you a sense of the bigger picture. One additional reason, posted in the comments, is, "It's fun."

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.