Lab technicians are scientists, blogs Drug Monkey. They have the expertise to keep the lab running smoothly by knowing how to prepare reagents and under what conditions a model organism hanging out in the lab was raised. "They should be respected as professional scientists, not considered dismissively as 'just a tech'. Not in your mind. Not in their minds. Not in the minds of anyone," writes Drug Monkey.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

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