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Slow and Steady on New Projects

In Molecular Cell, Uri Alon says that students and postdocs should take their time to choose a project to pursue. "It takes time to find a good problem, and every week spent in choosing one can save months or years later on," Alon writes, adding that in his lab they are not allowed to choose a project during their first three months. Instead, that time should be spent reading, discussing, and planning. Michael White at Adaptive Complexity says that is "very sound advice." White adds that when you are a student or postdoc, your time belongs to you and your goal is to be a good scientist.

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.