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At Bitesize Bio, blogger Nick has had a bad week, leading him to post a list of 10 reasons not to be a scientist. Topping the list is ego, "Science attracts some straaaange people - and you have to work with them," he blogs. Nick also mentions the frustration of bench work, the repetition of the job, and the career structure of academia. Being a scientist has also hurt his Trivial Pursuit prowess.

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