Have your elevator talk ready and don't be afraid to jump into a conversation, writes Caroline Beans at the Naturejobs blog. Networking at a conference can be intimidating, especially as a new researcher, but Beans says to be prepared and not to worry about feeling awkward.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

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