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Sometimes It's Good to Be the Teacher's Pet

Ever wonder what it takes to be the PI's favorite? Suzanne Kennedy at Bitesize Bio has a post about the traits of the "golden child" and how to "be on [the] 'awesome' list instead of the s-list," she writes. Among the recommendations: if you have a problem that can be easily researched, look up the answer on your own; take initiative; and show progress on an ongoing basis. "For a busy PI with way too many commitments and not enough time to read all of their emails, the best grad students and post docs are independent and inventive, in control and motivated to succeed," she adds.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.