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Who Needs Job Security?

An editorial in last week's Science pointed out the long wait that young investigators endure before doing the science they are interested in. This sparked a discussion over at Adaptive Complexity, where a blog post adds, "Not only does this long 'training' period have negative effects on creativity, it damages morale." The post adds that during that training period, researchers receive little in terms of financial rewards, making it difficult to save for a house, children's college, or retirement. At another blog, Thomas Mailund suggests that young scientists could benefit from "young researcher groups" that would allow them to work on their own problems for a few years while knowing they had a job.

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.