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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

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.