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This Week in Nature: Aug 23, 2007

In Nature today, a news piece reports that biology postgraduates in the United States face greater competition for tenure than ever before. Data compiled by FASEB shows that since 1981, the percentage of US biomedical PhDs with tenure or tenure-track jobs dropped from 45 percent to just below 30 percent. A related editorial bemoans the future prospects for many receiving doctoral degrees.

A news feature details the findings of researchers at UCSF, who have recently published that a certain miRNA works not only to repress translation, but also to enhance it. Their work has the potential to open the field up, against the wishes of some of its founding "fathers," who question the results' validity.

Biologists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, have mapped out all the protein-protein interactions for the Clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME) pathway. Their research points out that all the major protein interactions for CME can be organized as a pathway protein "interactome," which allows one to identify the key "hubs" and where they work along the pathway.


The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.