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Save Yourself Some Time

At Bitesize Bio, Emily Crow offers some tips — based on personal experience — on how to prevent other people’s errors from slowing down your work in the lab. First she says to always confirm important findings, that way you know that you, with your own materials, can get the same results and interpret them the same way. Crow then adds that if you cannot recreate all the materials yourself, that you should do all you can to test them to make sure they are what you are told they are. Finally, she says that character is important. “Trust your instincts when it comes to taking materials and results from others; if your senses tell you that someone is unreliable, avoid collaboration at all if possible,” Crow writes.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.