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On the Hunt

Travis Medley at Bitesize Bio offers some tips for job interviews. Pretend your job interview begins three miles away from the office, Medley says. That way if your interviewer is in the car next to you, you aren't cutting people off, smoking, or drumming on your steering wheel. He also says to assume that you are being watched from the moment you enter the parking lot and that you should act confident and polite — many hiring managers listen to their receptionists' opinions about interviewees. "Do not fool yourself, this meeting is about being liked more than it is about skills," he writes.

The Scan

Octopus Brain Complexity Linked to MicroRNA Expansions

Investigators saw microRNA gene expansions coinciding with complex brains when they analyzed certain cephalopod transcriptomes, as they report in Science Advances.

Study Tracks Outcomes in Children Born to Zika Virus-Infected Mothers

By following pregnancy outcomes for women with RT-PCR-confirmed Zika virus infections, researchers saw in Lancet Regional Health congenital abnormalities in roughly one-third of live-born children.

Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

Breast Cancer Risk Related to Pathogenic BRCA1 Mutation May Be Modified by Repeats

Several variable number tandem repeats appear to impact breast cancer risk and age at diagnosis in almost 350 individuals carrying a risky Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 founder mutation.