Labtimes 05/2011 - Table of Content

HumourPaul the Postdoc6
NewsPicture of the issue / Regulating animals containing human material / Editors resign at Croatian Medical Journal / Intellectual property dispute in Denmark / Letter to the Editor / A point mutation causes very rare disorder6
OpinionResearch letter from ... Italy: Chicks Making Visual Choices14
OpinionObservations of The Owl (31): Papers Gone Bad16
AnalysisInterview Gero Miesenböck about the humble beginnings of optogenetics 18
HumourOne fine day in the lab 32
AnalysisPast, present and future Everything you ever wanted to know about the non-coding stretches of DNA28
AnalysisPhD overproduction When a statistical lie causes a serious problem34
Journal ClubBasle/Switzerland How can ‘light therapy’ help diabetic mice?42
Journal ClubCambridge/UK How can maize corn help poorly performing rice?44
Journal ClubSiena/Italy How can viruses help erythrocytes to deliver drugs?46
Publication StatisticsProtein research in Europe48
Publication StatisticsWhat’s behind paper retractions? (4): The Researchers Who Forgot Their IRBs51
BiobizThe bizarre world of health care (11) French homeopathy group, Boiron, should have remained silent58
BiobizCancer trials in serious trouble / British spin-out produces “tasty” nicotine gum / RNAi becomes pharmaceutical groups’ millstone / Sanofi hires 80 and fires 400 in Frankfurt52
BiobizCompany portrait British start-up, Zyoxel, brings 3D tissue culture to the research and development laboratory. Your Lab Times reporter was on site at Begbroke Science Park near Oxford60
ProductsNew products64
ProductsProduct survey: Reporter gene assays 65
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Cell phone cytometer69
MethodsBench philosophy (32): A practical guide to Next Generation Sequencing platforms70
BooksThe Evolution of the Human Head by Daniel Lieberman72
BooksBrock Biology of Microorganisms by M. Madigan, J. Martinko, D. Stahl & D. Clark73
BooksSpeaking of Genetics. A Collection of Interviews by Jane Gitschier74
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XXX) Funding opportunities in Russia – where patience is still needed in many areas76
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (5)88