Labtimes 06/2011 - Table of Content

HumourPaul the Postdoc6
News"Picture of the issue / Science Europe wants to change science policy in Europe / Three Dutch universities join forces / Recently Awarded / Italian universities dare a fresh start / A synthetic gene circuit to kill cancer cells"6
OpinionResearch letter from ... England: Heavy Clothing Weighs You Down!12
OpinionObservations of The Owl (32): Ideas? What Ideas?14
Analysis"Brain Doping If you want to increase your scientific output, why not try some drugs? "16
HumourOne fine day in the lab 28
Analysis"Brain Imaging Techniques How reliable is functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging? A dead fish throws up some questions"30
Analysis"Phylogeny How many branches has the tree of life really grown?"36
Journal ClubParis/France Differences in X-chromosome inactivation between rabbits, mice and men40
Journal ClubBudweis/Czech Republic Developing a microscope to watch cells in action42
Journal ClubLjubljana/Slovenia Discovering fungi with a taste for endurance44
Publication StatisticsAquatic biology in Europe46
Publication StatisticsWhat’s behind paper retractions? (5): Banned!49
Biobiz"Boehringer starts biosimilar division / AM Pharma gets huge investment / Finnish Biotie buys Italian Newron / HPV vaccine more powerful than expected / GE puts €800m into research"50
Biobiz"Wilful misconduct Company’s top executive emerges as a fraudster after four years"53
Biobiz"Interview with Lynn Neulinger, quality manager at Preglem, Geneva, Switzerland"54
Biobiz"Company portrait Oxitec, a small British company, is combatting dengue fever by releasing sterile male mosquitoes, the insect vector that spreads the virus"56
ProductsNew products60
Products"Product survey: Expression vectors "61
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Fine tuning multiple cloning sites69
MethodsBench philosophy (33): Reference managing programmes70
BooksDevelopmental Biology by Scott Gilbert72
BooksTropical Rain Forest Ecology by Jaboury Ghazoul and Douglas Sheil73
Analysis"Career strategies for young European scientists (XXXI) Funding opportunities in the Czech Republic – where reforms promise to get things rolling"74
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (6)88