Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

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

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.