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The Postdoc Freak-Out

DrugMonkey takes on the task of calming down late-stage graduate students who just realized they needed a postdoc position set up ages ago. First he assures his readers that "while it may be true that many postdoctoral slots are arranged with significant (many months to a year) lead time, there are plenty that emerge within a month or two of the defense." He then gives a few tips on how to find a stellar postdoc position, including considering what labs you find interesting and the location of the lab, as well as exploring any connections you may have. Applying is simple: send along a cover letter with reference contacts and CV. DrugMonkey adds that networking and talking to others about your search can help your letter move to the top of the pile.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.