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  1. Cutting Edge: Using mobile sequencers in an academic classroom

    Sophie Zaaijer et al.
    A university genomics class provides detailed examples of how to design and execute Oxford Nanopore MinION hackathons as part of an academic curriculum.
  2. Living Science: Luck, jobs and learning

    Eve Marder
    Eve Marder believes that many of the most important events in our lives, both personal and professional, depend to some degree on luck or chance.
    1. Ecology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Peromyscus mice as a model for studying natural variation

    Nicole L Bedford, Hopi E Hoekstra
    The deer mouse (Peromyscus) has emerged as a model system for studying many aspects of biology, supported by extensive historical knowledge of its fascinating and varied natural history.
  3. Living Science: Looking out for future scientists

    Eve Marder
    Proposals to reduce the number of students who do PhDs are misguided because they would exclude young scientists with qualities that do not show up in exam results and interviews.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genealogy: The challenges of maintaining genetic privacy

    Shai Carmi
    Two studies suggest that a determined adversary may be able to obtain genetic information that they should not have permission to access from some genealogy databases.
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    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Science Forum: Viral factors in influenza pandemic risk assessment

    Marc Lipsitch et al.
    We identify key strengths and limitations in use of viral genotyping and phenotyping to estimate pandemic risk from influenza A viruses, focusing on 3 traits, hemagglutinin binding specificity, hemagglutinin pH of activation, and polymerase complex efficiency.
  4. Point of View: A fair deal for PhD students and postdocs

    Henry R Bourne
    The relentless expansion that threatens the sustainability of biomedical research in the US takes a heavy toll on young researchers.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Neuroscience: Awakened by a sleeping pill

    Oluwaseun Akeju, Emery N Brown
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  5. Mental Health in Academia: A question of support

    Elsa Loissel
    Who helps junior researchers that go through difficult times?
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Gene Expression: Transposons take remote control

    Julius Judd, Cédric Feschotte
    A family of retroviral-like elements in the human genome has a pervasive influence on gene expression.
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