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Don't Worry, We Get Anxious Too

PhD Mom has a post about all the joys of self-doubt as she waits to hear the verdict on six grant proposals she's submitted. "If I am unable to fund my lab effectively ... does this mean that I am an ineffective professor?" she writes. "Or is it simply a sign of the times and the incredibly poor funding situation (near 8% success rate in the divisions I apply to)?" She says her institution is supportive of her work, but that her fears about not getting funded have her wondering if she is an adequate (but not outstanding) scientist. "Am I okay with being an okay or good scientist, but not the best?" she asks.


The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.