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Double Duty

Over at Benchfly, reader Darren asks whether it's best to join two labs jointly or form a collaboration between them in the case of an overlapping project. Dora Farkas suggests that Darren go with the logistically simpler solution, whichever it may be. Some graduate students in this scenario "are co-advised" by professors in the two labs, "so in a way, they would join both groups simultaneously. Other students have one main advisor and the other professor becomes an unofficial co-advisor and collaborator," Farkas says. Still, while joining two labs "could be twice the fun," it could also mean twice the work. While "two holiday parties and twice as many group lunches" are attractive benefits, imagine having to attend "twice as many group meetings and have individual meetings with both professors," she says.

The Scan

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A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.