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Women in the Lab

Around the blogosphere (Janet Stemwedel gives a quick round-up here), science bloggers are discussing whether women are accepted and taken seriously as scientists. Among the many issues that have cropped up is that women are not always taken seriously, particularly if they are feminine in dress or mannerisms -- though also if they are not. "The problem, you see, is that women aren't really allowed to be ANYTHING in science," Zuska writes. That, Stemwedel adds, is what they are trying to change. Men can help too: Abel Pharmboy chimes in to say he will always be "that guy" who pushes for women to be included.


The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.