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Stupid Science Tricks

You know a blog post is going to be good when there's a phrase like this: "The beaker had ruptured and the hot acid had ignited a roll of tissue paper." Sciencebase's David Bradley blogs about "stupid things people have done in the lab," relying on colleagues and readers to offer up their own embarrassing stories. One researcher reported, "I came back from holiday to find that new PhD students had helpfully washed all the laboratory plasticware, but unfortunately had then used a ‘drying’ oven to dry and needless to say produced a molten mass of plastic." Another scientist "revealed how her gel to nitrocellulose transfers improved no end when she learned that she needed to put them between the electrodes, not on top." There are several great anecdotes here, so check out the full post.

The Scan

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.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.