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Should You Get a PhD ... Or Just Say That You Did?

In his Omics! Omics! blog, Keith Robison comments on the resignation of Marilee Jones, the MIT admissions director who left her post after nearly 30 years in the department when it came to light that she had claimed to have earned degrees when she in fact never did.

(Genome Technology magazine readers may remember that in a recent career column, one recruiter warned that lying about degrees was one of the most common mistakes people make on their CVs.)

While he makes it clear that he doesn't support the lies, Robison points out that Jones was "recognized as a leader in her field" and says that, in his view, "one mark of an intelligent organization is an ability to look beyond paper qualifications and look at real achievement."


The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.