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Blogger The Unlikely Grad Student writes that, in her mind, the research process involves only 10 percent data collection. The rest of her time is divided up among "trying to get your equipment to work right," at 50 percent, "trying to figure out what you did wrong," accounts for 25 percent, and 15 percent washing glassware. "I tell myself that things would be better if I had equipment that was manufactured in the 21st century — everything but the GC/MS still has serial ports, for crying out loud — but who am I trying to kid? If that were the case, something different would go wrong," she writes.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.