Surviving the Defense

It's the last step to getting a doctorate, and the thesis defense strikes fear into the heart of many a candidate. But, Bitesize Bio's Laura Fulford writes that it doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience — she says she enjoyed hers.

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The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

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