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Happiness Is ...

Finding happiness in the lab is the key to success in research, says Benchfly's Alan Marnett. In hopes of "empowering scientists at the bench," Marnett presents a few tips on finding contentment in the lab — a path, he says, that applies equally to grad students, postdocs, and PIs. First, it's important to have "a sense of control," a feeling that you have a say in how your project will progress, even though you have a boss to answer to. Next, it's important to have "a sense of progress," Marnett says. Hours in the lab tend to be long, so it's important to set a daily goal, no matter how small, to keep the momentum of a project going. And, he adds, it's important to have "a connection to a larger vision." If you can visualize how your work fits into the big picture, that feeling could provide motivation to keep going even when the project isn't going as well as you hope. "The path to happiness in lab may sometimes feel like a rough one, but by maintaining control, progress, and connections in our research we can stay motivated and fulfilled and keep science moving forward," Marnett says.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.