Sandra Porter at Discovering Biology in a Digital World blogs about the shortage of lab technicians in life sciences and the surplus of PhD-level scientists in the field. She discusses why "having a PhD could make job searching harder" and why it's becoming more difficult to hire technicians.

 

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.