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Canadian GirlPostdoc in America says that the "average PhD student in this current economic climate is expected to do at least two different stints as a postdoc" is not necessarily a bad thing, as trainees are afforded the opportunity to sample different work environments before beginning their independent careers — much like tenants might rent several apartments before buying a home. "Before you buy, it's important to experience different kinds of spaces … Being a postdoc gives you the opportunity to live in different labs," GirlPostdoc writes. When she changed labs for her second postdoc position she was exposed to a completely different environment; she says she's learned that "taking the opportunity to travel and live in different circumstances can help."

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.