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The Pandemic and Women in STEM

The pandemic may be having a particularly hard effect on women working in science, technology, engineering, and medicine, the New York Times reports.

Even before COVID-19, it notes that women in STEM grappled with sexism and discrimination, particularly if they had small children, and now with the pandemic, many women in STEM have had to juggle the demands of remote work for themselves and school for their children. New studies have indicated that women have written fewer papers and led fewer studies during this time, which could have later career ramifications, it notes. 

"The confluence of all of these factors creates this perfect storm. People are at their breaking point," the University of Florida's Michelle Cardel tells the Times. "My big fear is that we are going to have a secondary epidemic of loss, particularly of early career women in STEM."

The Times notes that the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic may especially be felt by scientists of color as they shoulder additional biases in the workplace and as the pandemic has hit Black and Latino communities harder.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.