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Grad Lab Considerations

Blogger DrdrA at Blue Lab Coats writes that there are two things every person should consider when choosing a graduate lab ― the advisor and the project. It’s important to contemplate the advisor’s training record, the type of education you’d expect from them, and where their lab alumni have landed jobs. Another deciding factor, DrdrA says, is that she thinks it’s more important to love the specific research project, rather than choose a lab based upon the methodologies employed there. “Choosing grad labs based on advisor or project is not necessarily mutually exclusive though, there are all sorts of combinations of this,” she adds.

The Scan

Researchers Compare WGS, Exome Sequencing-Based Mendelian Disease Diagnosis

Investigators find a diagnostic edge for whole-genome sequencing, while highlighting the cost advantages and improving diagnostic rate of exome sequencing in EJHG.

Researchers Retrace Key Mutations in Reassorted H1N1 Swine Flu Virus With Avian-Like Features

Mutations in the acidic polymerase-coding gene boost the pathogenicity and transmissibility of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses, a PNAS paper finds.

Genome Sequences Reveal Evolutionary History of South America's Canids

An analysis in PNAS of South American canid species' genomes offers a look at their evolutionary history, as well as their relationships and adaptations.

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.