Over the past year, Coronovirus epidemic Has underscored the value of science to the whole world – not only to track the spread of a deadly virus and develop ways to prevent it, but also to provide a rational way to understand a frightening unknown.
For some scientists, the epidemic has come with a silver lining, offering unexpected research opportunities they might not otherwise have. For others, it has made their work more difficult than before. Laboratories, like many offices, have closed, ruining experiments in progress. Early career scientists, who are already struggling to obtain grants and tenure status, have been forced to delay their plans. Some, including those struggling to care for their children or their parents, have abandoned their plans altogether.
Are you a scientist whose work has improved – positively or negatively – by epidemic? Do you have to close your lab or scrap exciting data? Or do you stumble upon something you don’t have?
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