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Allie Wilkinson's new blog, This Is What a Scientist Looks Like, asks readers to "change the perception of who and what a scientist is or isn't" through personal photo and story submissions. "There is no single clear-cut path to becoming a scientist. A scientist can come from any background," Wilkinson says.

On Twitter, GeneNomad's K. Thomas Pickard links to Wilkinson's blog, saying: "Scientists come in all shapes, sizes, and ages." Matt Shipman at First Step Project, a charitable organization, tweets: "Love the 'Looks Like Science' site, but would love to see more not-white scientists on there."

In a related discussion, researchers on Twitter are sharing stories on how they came to be scientists, using the hashtag #iamscience. Simon Trevino jokes: "When somebody asks where the negative control is, I just point to the unloaded lane on the gel."

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

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.