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Dr. Girlfriend at Life Beyond the Bench says that despite the frustrations she has experienced throughout her training in molecular biology, "deep down, I still want to be a professor." After all, she enjoys designing experiments and proposing projects — "the best part of my PhD was writing the thesis," she says. But Dr. Girlfriend has "always wished science had a fast forward button for all that tedious, and too often fruitless bench work." At the same time, Dr.

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