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A blogger contemplates how she might attract prime PhD candidates to join her lab.

One blogger describes ways in which lab managers can enhance employee productivity and job satisfaction by "breaking through barriers to change" at the bench.

Whatever the reason, choosing to leave a postdoc position early is "never an easy decision" says one blogger, who borrows from personal experience to lend her advice.

Researchers are launching an online resource in an effort to keep female PhD candidates in the STEM fields.

Life science careers panelists emphasized the importance of writing — and encouraged blogging — at a recent workshop, one blogger says.

One blogger says that it may be advantageous for young investigators to include their unfunded grant scores in job applications.

Nature outlines the top cities for science research according to journal, publication, and citation metrics.

A Slate reporter discusses why women found more biotech firms than companies in other high-tech fields.

One blogger says that reviewers should aim to provide thorough, constructive reviews and treat applicants how they'd like to be treated themselves.

Breaking Down Biases

One investigator aims to diminish the effects of implicit, unintentional biases against women, minorities, and people with disabilities in faculty hiring decisions with a video game.

Try Before You Buy

One blogger ponders the positive aspects of changing postdoc labs.

Results of a survey conducted by AAAS and Science confirm "continuing obstacles to women in science."

The NIH director details how the agency aims to "dramatically reduce the time required to start an independent career" in Nature.

Bloggers describe situations in which it might be best to heed a colleague's advice.

Bloggers discuss the much-awaited release of the revised National Research Council graduate program rankings.

The Scientist examines ways in which PIs can help their trainees become researchers they "would want to collaborate with."

One blogger says that scientists who choose to pursue careers outside of academia "are not exceptions, but the rule."

Party On, Postdocs

Various institutions have planned events in honor of "National Postdoc Appreciation Week."

Three PIs share their thoughts on "what makes a great graduate student."

Several biotech and pharmaceutical firms were named among the top 100 family-friendly companies by Working Mother magazine.

According to new data, women obtained more doctoral degrees than men in 2008-09.

A blogger provides advice for new and aspiring postdocs.

One blogger says she's tired of vague discussions of "alternative" science careers.

A blogger proposes the "top 10 reasons students fail out of PhD school."

A new academic PI shares satirical "tips on how not to get a postdoc in academia."

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.