Labtimes 02/2011 - Table of Content

NewsPicture of the issue / EU changes funding strategy /New marine biology infrastructure / Recently Awarded /University sustainability / Gut bacteria influence brain development6
HumourPaul the Postdoc6
OpinionResearch letter from ... Switzerland: Painful Fiction12
OpinionObservations of The Owl (28): Trojan Horse Journals14
AnalysisEco-Immunology - What happens when two independent research fields come together? 16
AnalysisInterview - Peter Lawrence about the shortcomings of the current research system24
AnalysisResearch careers gone wrong - Dubious methods at the James Craig Venter Institute 32
Journal ClubOslo/Norway How can toxins be used to fight cancer?36
Journal ClubHannover/Germany What do intestinal epithelial cells communicate to one another?38
Journal ClubTel-Aviv/Israel Are gram-positive bacteria social organisms?40
Publication StatisticsRespiratory System Research in Europe42
Publication StatisticsWhat’s behind paper retractions? (1): Why Retractions and Corrections Should be Open Access45
BiobizVenture capital placing/ French team play with Merck Serono/ “Worst biotech CEO of the year” elected / Sweden’s Index Pharmaceuticals raises capital 46
HumourOne fine day in the lab 47
BiobizAnalysis - Switzerland’s Actelion is threatened by a British hedge fund48
BiobizAnalysis - Scottish spin-off prepares to use bacteriophages as antibiotics49
BiobizCompany Portrait - Evolving biomaterials in a medieval town: ISTEC (Faenza, Italy)50
BiobizOpinion - The Bizarre World of Healthcare (10): Dismantling an Urban Legend53
ProductsNew products54
ProductsProduct survey: Gel imaging systems55
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Do-it-yourself gel imaging system64
MethodsBench philosophy (29): X-ray data collection in protein crystallography66
Books/Reviews3D molecular modelling kits that appeal to every scientist’s inner child68
BooksThe lucky winners of December’s calendar quiz69
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XXVII) - Funding opportunities in Poland – where radical reforms will shake up old research structures70
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (2)86