DrugMonkey and Zen Faulkes at NeuroDojo disagree about how much time should be spent studying for a doctorate. DrugMonkey says the median time for completion of a biomedical degree in the US is about six years. This is up from the 1970s when it was 5.5 years, and down from the late 1990s when it was 6.9 years. DrugMonkey says graduate training should be kept under six years, he says four years may be too short, and suggests five years of training as a happy medium.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

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