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The Unsuspected Challenges in the Lab


When it comes to challenges in the lab, Marian Walhout says that it isn't funding or technical issues that bog her down but rather, the task of running a lab, period. She says that for the most part, she's had to learn as she goes when it comes to managing her lab, because at no point in her training was she ever prepped on the task that lay ahead. "When you start, you change from running your own project to running an enterprise and doing many things that we're not trained for such as management, finance, dealing with the psychology of the people in the lab," she says. "That has been both the most challenging and the most exciting part, people skills and money and PR and politics, it's like when you start a lab, the science becomes the easy part."

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.