Some scientists are spending a dozen years as a postdoc, and while some find careers elsewhere, others become a sort of 'permadoc,' Nature News says. It notes that of 40,000 postdocs in the US, some 4,000 have been a postdoc for six or more years.

Labor economist Paula Stephan at Georgia State University notes that principal investigators have a strong incentive to rely on postdocs: they are skilled, but low-paid workers.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.