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For the Two of You

Couples in which both people are academics face that special two-body challenge. In The Scientist, three couples recount their choices and give tips on how to make it work. The Nabels say that if an employer doesn’t offer terms that both people are happy with — such as lab space or, say, a job for both people — turn it down. (They did, however, make an exception for an offer from NIH that was an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”) Then, Federica Sallusto and Antonio Lanzavecchia advise couples to keep their independence, particularly in the lab. “If both researchers in a couple feel independently successful, it makes them feel like they’re on equal footing,” Lanzavecchia says. Finally, Maiken Nedergaard and Steve Goldman try to not work on the weekends to spend time with their kids and together.

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.