Labtimes 05/2009 - Table of Content

HumourPaul the Postdoc6
News"An odd case of plagiarism / Medical ghostwriting / Recently awarded / European research Council (ERC) evaluation / Artificial nerve cells "6
Opinion"Research letter from ... a German Beer Garden: The ‘Bitter Dozen’ "14
Opinion"Observations of The Owl (19): What’s Sex? "16
Analysis"Structural Biology: Gerard Kleywegt, new head of EMBL’s Protein Data Bank in Cambridge, talks about pitfalls in determining 3D structures of proteins – and what has to be done to minimise them "18
Analysis"Evolution of sexual reproduction: Sexual reproduction requires much higher efforts compared to asexual propagation. So, to what advantage has it evolved anyway? "24
Journal ClubAarhus/Denmark: RNAs in transcription control30
Journal ClubZurich/Switzerland: Interleukin signalling in chronic viral infections32
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XVIII): Doing a PhD (or more) in Portugal36
Journal ClubAthens/Greece: Protein degradation in Parkinson’s disease34
Publication Statistics Cell biology in Europe42
Publication Statistics Don’t be misled by citation figures! (18): Journal Tuning45
Biobiz"News: Genmab’s lead cancer drug disappoints / A small company is going to overthrow the world of genomic sequencing / France’s investment funds carry cash to Germany"46
BiobizInterview with Jean de Barry, co-founder of Innovative Health Diagnostics (IHD), Strasbourg, France48
BiobizPatent law: The Max Planck Society has joined forces with a biotech company and is suing three prominent US institutions. Billion dollar patents are at stake.51
BiobizFaked evidence55
ProductsNew products56
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Coloured agar plates57
MethodsBench philosophy (20): Free lab software58
Books"The Machinery of Life, by David Goodsell "60
ProductsProduct survey: Cell Sorting61
HumourCartoon: Superdoc (14)78