“Dr. Botstein took his visitor into the lab and announced, ‘I have here a novelist.’ ” — a New York Times article on how Jeffrey Eugenides created a surprisingly accurate portrait of the working life of a yeast geneticist in the 1980s, after just one afternoon in a lab (and, I imagine, a lot of reading).  For the record, this makes me more interested in The Marriage Plot than any other buzz I’ve read yet.  Watch this space.


RIP Dr. Renato Dulbecco: Nobelist, Italian resistance fighter, virologist, and (as a friend put it) “the D in your DMEM.”


“Worst of all, my brain felt boring.” — Scicurious on crafting a work/life balance in grad school.



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