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We Want Women Scientists! And We Want One Named Shirley

Here's an article in the New York Times covering the age-old problem of not enough women coming into -- and staying in -- science. The story's angle is a "now's the time" feeling among scientists as the Obama administration settles in (is there anything this administration isn't supposed to fix?). Advocates of more women in science are recommending that Obama appoint a woman to the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology; the Rosalind Franklin Society suggests molecular biologist Shirley Tilghman or nuclear physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, the article reports.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.