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From Lab Rat to Librarian

A blogger at Bitesize Bio tells the tale of how she went from aspiring scientific researcher to librarian. Her job includes everything from teaching workshops on clinical genetics to managing a web site and curating a bioinformatics database. To make it happen, she went back to school for her Masters in Library Science. "I also talked to a lot of people -- don’t underestimate the power of networking," she says. "If you’re trying to figure out an alternative career in science, I’d recommend looking into becoming an informationist/science librarian/molecular biology information specialist/you make up the name."

The Scan

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.

Machine Learning Improves Diagnostic Accuracy of Breast Cancer MRI, Study Shows

Combining machine learning with radiologists' interpretations further increased the diagnostic accuracy of MRIs for breast cancer, a Science Translational Medicine paper finds.

Genome Damage in Neurons Triggers Alzheimer's-Linked Inflammation

Neurons harboring increased DNA double-strand breaks activate microglia to lead to neuroinflammation like that seen in Alzheimer's disease, a new Science Advances study finds.

Long COVID-19 Susceptibility Clues Contained in Blood Plasma Proteome

A longitudinal study in eBioMedicine found weeks-long blood plasma proteome shifts after SARS-CoV-2 infection, along with proteomic signatures that appeared to coincide with long Covid risk.