Labtimes 01/2012 - Table of Content

HumourPaul the Postdoc6
NewsPicture of the issue / Old-fashioned methods at Science Academies in Montenegro / Are we all doomed by the creation of a killer virus? / Europe picks its first chief scientifc adviser / Can neuroscience help to convict criminals? / The future of ageing research begins now / Recently Awarded / Oxford researchers find a clue to explain synaesthesia6
OpinionResearch letter from... Portugal: Feel a Fish and Make it Happy14
OpinionObservations of The Owl (33): Evolution is Not a Fact16
OpinionOver the Line? (1): A Messi from God (New Series!!!)18
AnalysisInterview Russell Lande talks about conservation biology and his experiences in court20
AnalysisNobel Prize Controversy Did Jules Hoffmann deserve the Prize? Lab Times pries into his scientific CV26
HumourOne fine day in the lab 33
Journal ClubSzeged/Hungary How does a cell perceive stress?34
Journal ClubFlorence/Italy How can a tree cause cluster headaches?36
Journal ClubPorto/Portugal How can sea urchins help to advance regenerative medicine?38
Publication StatisticsCancer Research in Europe40
Publication StatisticsWhat’s behind paper retractions? (7): We’re Mostly Wrong but Trust Us43
BiobizBASF stops GMO development in Europe / Alnylam axes workforce / Mass merger speculation44
BiobizBoehringer Ingelheim invests huge sums into cancer drug development45
BiobizIllumina and Life Technologies offer thousand-dollar genome / Pharming milks bunnies46
BiobizOxford Roundup What’s up at Europe’s most potent biotech hub?48
BiobizThe Bizarre World of Healthcare (12): Coup with Big Promises50
BiobizWhile others struggle with HCV therapies, a trans-European group takes an unusual approach51
ProductsProduct survey: Next-generation sequencing devices52
ProductsNew products56
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Revised Trizol extraction protocol57
MethodsBench philosophy (35): Plasmid repository Addgene58
BooksHoneybee Democracy, by Tom Seeley60
BooksThe PHD Movie, by Jorge Cham 61
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XXXIII) Funding opportunities within the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)62
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (8)74