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A PI Who Knows What He Wants

After bouncing between a few different jobs and work environments, a blogger has found what suits him best, and it's not the "super-relaxed atmosphere" of a lab with no work criteria. In a post at Bitesize Bio, Dan Rhoads lays out what he would consider the basic ground rules for young researchers who work in his lab. "The most important thing by far, in my opinion, is clear and concise documentation of every experiment, even failed ones, with every piece of data saved and stored," he says. Researchers should also never fail to consistently label reagents and read and discuss the literature of their filed. "Read constantly new journal issues, as well as older papers. And DISCUSS them with your PI and fellow lab members. Often," he writes.

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.