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Not Sleeping Isn't a Real Option

DrDrA wonders how to keep her lab family-friendly while maintaining productivity. First, she says that she's excited when a member of her lab is pregnant (so far, her experience has been with maternity, not paternity leave) and tries to be flexible during that time. She also works with the individual on maternity leave time, which she says is usually about three months. However, DrDrA says that family-friendly labs wind up having more downtime than other labs and that, in turn, affects careers, especially when the PI is going up for tenure. "How to reconcile?" she asks.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.