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Jennifer Rohn's suggestion in Nature this week that institutions ought to "professionalize the postdoc role and turn it into a career rather than a scientific stepping stone" has researchers around the blogosphere chiming in on the career prospects for life science PhDs. While she acknowledges that research professorships exist, Rohn notes that these positions are often supported by expendable funds. At Life Beyond the Bench, blogger Dr.

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CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

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