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Warning: Too Much Focus Could Cause Undue Anxiety

For anyone considering a scientific trajectory, it's hard to both find your own niche and play into grad school admissions and tenure promotions committees' decision-making process at the same time. While getting specific will probably help your career the most, says DrugMonkey, you don’t want to rule out work that truly interests you. As DrugMonkey blogs:

Some people’s interest are going to be broader than others. Some people have experimental ADD. Sometimes the most effective science follows threads that jump across techniques, models and experimental approaches over time. Unfortunately, promotions committees may not deal very well with complexity.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.