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Tenure for All

In a report, the Association of American University Professors says that teaching-intensive or teaching-only professors should be able to secure tenure. "Faculty serving on a contingent basis generally work at significantly lower wages, often without health coverage and other benefits," the report says, also noting that "this means that the majority of faculty work in subprofessional conditions, often without basic protections for academic freedom." According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Santa Clara University's Marc Bousquet, who co-chaired the committee that wrote the report, says that "in 1970, most undergraduates took nearly all of their class from tenure-eligible faculty, most with terminal degrees in their fields. This fall, however, at many institutions, a first-year student is more likely to drop out than ever to meet a tenure-track professor."

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.