On her blog, the FemaleScienceProfessor goes through the "Anatomy of a Ph.D. Defense." As a committee member she mainly probes the unpublished data to give feedback on it to the student but sometimes the meetings seem to be a waste of time, she says. Scroll all the way down her post -- the commenters add their own defense experiences.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific says it will no longer sell machines in China's Xinjiang region, according to the Wall Street Journal.

New Scientist reports that 20 percent of human and yeast proteins are uncharacterized.

The University of Zurich's Ruedi Aebersold and his colleagues analyzed a dozen HeLa cell lines to find differences in gene expression, protein levels, and more.

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