Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the value of science to the world – not only to track the spread of a deadly virus and develop ways to stop it, but also to provide a rational method of understanding a frightening unknown.
For some researchers, the pandemic has come with silver linings and offers unexpected research opportunities that they otherwise would not have had. For others, it has made their job more difficult than ever. Labs, like many offices, have shut down and destroyed ongoing experiments. Early career scientists, already struggling to get grants and permanent positions, have been forced to delay their plans. Some, including those struggling to find care for their children or their parents, have completely abandoned their plans.
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