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Female Life Sciences Faculty More Productive than Male Colleagues, Paid Less

Inside Higher Ed reports on a paper published in the journal Academic Medicine this week, which presents evidence that female life sciences faculty members work a greater number of hours and undertake more administrative and professional tasks than their male colleagues. In 2007, Catherine DesRoches at Harvard Medical School and her colleagues conducted a survey of more than 3,000 faculty members at 50 universities whose medical schools received the greatest amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2004. Their questionnaires interrogated the survey participants' total number of publications, papers published in the three years prior to the survey, work hours per week, professional activities, and annual income, among other things. When adjusted, the authors found that women worked a greater number of hours per week, performed a greater number of administrative and professional activities, and earned, on average, $13,226 less annually than men. The authors conclude that a "substantial salary gap still exists between men and women that cannot be explained by productivity or other professional factors," and suggest that professional "compensation and advancement policies should recognize the full scope of the roles that female researchers play."

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.