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The Random Walk to Becoming a Scientist

Troy Hibbard at Bitesize Bio writes that "[d]eveloping a career in the biological sciences can be a daunting venture."

He offers a few tips to those just starting out on their career path, the foremost one being to realize that the way to becoming a scientist is rarely straight as new prospects and ideas come crop up along the way to take you down different alleys. "The key element that should remain consistent throughout your career is your willingness to learn about new topics while investing in new skills," Hibbard adds. "This way, whichever path you choose, you will always be able to demonstrate the high level of value that your employers are looking for."

He cautions, though, to only take on experiments that you'll enjoy and to realize that not every experiment works. "Just remember that we would not use the word 'research' if we actually knew what we were doing every time," Hibbard adds.

The Scan

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

A new analysis finds that geneticists are using the term "race" in their papers less than in years past, as Science reports.

Point of the Program

The Guardian writes that some scientists have called the design of a UK newborn sequencing program into question.

Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.