Labtimes 07/2011 - Table of Content

HumourPaul the Postdoc6
NewsPicture of the issue / Turkish Academy of Sciences loses independency / A Dutch social psychologist makes up his research results / Europe collaborates on epigenome mapping / THE and QS have the latest university rankings / Recently Awarded / A Europe-wide PhD survey identifies weaknesses in the system / Italian pain researchers reveal the basis of the placebo analgesic reponse6
OpinionResearch letter from... France: The Singing Penis14
OpinionObservations of The Owl (33): Ranting About Granting16
AnalysisAntibiotic Resistance ‘Miracle drugs’ become less effective as the enemy grows stronger18
HumourOne fine day in the lab 24
AnalysisInterview Paulien Hogeweg reminds us that bioinformatics is more than just analysing genomic data26
Journal ClubVienna/Austria RANKL – One protein, numerous effects30
Journal ClubDublin/Ireland Changes in the brain during sleep/wake cycles32
Journal ClubGembloux/Belgium A cunning plan to get rid of a notorious pest34
Publication StatisticsEye and Vision Research in Europe36
Publication StatisticsWhat’s behind paper retractions? (6): Who Are You?39
BiobizFinland: In the middle of nowhere, a secretive company was possibly founded40
BiobizIsraeli generics maker, Teva, assimilates Cephalon / Olympus has to explain long-term fraud41
BiobizCompany portrait Switzerland’s Preglem uses a smart and unique strategy to target female diseases. The Lab Times reporter met with Preglem’s co-founder, Ernest Loumaye, in Geneva, to learn how this unconventional company is jumping on the bandwagon42
MethodsBench philosophy (34): Tools for miRNA analysis46
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Guidelines to avoid peptide losses48
ProductsProduct survey: Restriction enzymes 51
ProductsNew products54
BooksBuilding Brains, by David Price, Andrew Jarman, John Mason and Peter Kind55
BooksReview of four calendars for scientists (and other good dudes) 56
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XXXII) Funding opportunities in Hungary – where foreign scientists need a good funding nest egg58
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (7)74