Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has underscored for the entire world the value of science — not only for tracking the spread of a deadly virus and developing ways to stop it, but also for providing a rational method for understanding a frightening unknown.
For some scientists, the pandemic has come with silver linings, offering unexpected research opportunities that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. For others, it has made their work more difficult than ever. Labs, like many offices, have closed, ruining experiments in progress. Early-career scientists, already struggling to get grants and tenure-track positions, have been forced to delay their plans. Some, including those struggling to find care for their children or their parents, have abandoned their plans entirely.
Are you a scientist whose work has been upended — positively or negatively — by the pandemic? Did you have to close your lab or scrap exciting data? Or did you stumble upon something you otherwise wouldn’t have?
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