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Funders and universities should invest in mentoring for younger scientists. Credit: Getty. Calling all researchers: what type of mentoring did you receive during your early career? Were you nurtured in a way that balanced supervision and independence? Were you left to sink or swim, and perhaps rescued by a kindly postdoc? Did your super­visor test your results and claims to destruction, or just assume or hope you had done the job right? Were they perpetually invisible or always available? And, if your experience was less than great, who could you turn to for help? Every year since 2005, Nature has held a competition to find outstanding scientific mentors in a particular region, with local ... Full story

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