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While graduate students learn a lot while pursuing their PhDs, how to run a lab might not be one of them. "I felt a doctorate trained me well to be a post-doc. But when I started my current gig, I had a lot of moments where I [felt] I hadn't been warned what I was in for," writes Zen Faulkes at NeuroDojo. While he says that his job negotiation and grantsmanship weren't strong areas, the biggest task he didn't feel well-trained for is bookkeeping and budgeting. "I didn't have to worry about tracking money in any significant way as a grad student or post-doc. Spending money at an institution is not like spending your own money. You have layers of people and paperwork that stand between you and purchases," he writes, adding that "I've learned that I despise trying to keep track of grant money."

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.