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An editorial in this week’s Nature contemplates the hiring process at BGI, in Shenzhen, China, which hires students fresh from their undergraduate educations to work in their state-of-the-art sequencing facility. “If Nature’s interviews are anything to go by, these BGI researchers are smart, confident and, for their age, tremendously experienced,” the Nature staff writes.

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