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It's Time to Have the Talk

DrugMonkey has a blog post about just how nosy postdocs should be about their advisors' grant funding and lab budgets. (Very nosy, as it turns out.) "Budgeting and grant management are essential parts of postdoctoral training," DrugMonkey writes, noting that while it may feel strange to ask your PI about this, it's actually quite appropriate for people who will have to learn how to manage their own budgets and how much funding they'll need to get a lab off the ground. "It may require a slightly awkward conversation with your PI but this is an essential part of career training. Your PI should be happy to bring you up to speed in this critical area," DrugMonkey adds.

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.