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A Pat on the Back?

FemaleScienceProfessor's advisor treats all his former students with "the same benign neglect" but she has difficulty doing so. She writes that she has some former students she wants nothing more to do with — though wishes them well — and others whom she will continue to support, collaborate with, or stay in touch with. "I feel a bit guilty about this, but not enough to change how I do things," FemaleScienceProfessor writes, and then asks what responsibilities advisors have after a student graduates.

Chad Orzel at Uncertain Principles responds with a poll. So far, his readers are voting for "letter of recommendation" followed by "referrals of students or post-docs."

The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.