Labtimes 02/2012 - Table of Content

News"Picture of the issue / New sequencing centre in Copenhagen / More displeasure about academic publishers / 25th anniversary of the Erasmus student exchange programme / Letter to The Owl / Editor resigns over Aids paper / Recently Awarded / Finnish researchers nose into some human waste products"6
HumourPaul the Postdoc6
OpinionResearch letter from... Czech Post-Communist Birdwatchers: Capitalist Birdbrains14
OpinionObservations of The Owl (35): Who's Worth What?16
OpinionOver the Line? (2): The REFeree's a RANKER18
AnalysisSlow Science Are academic activites moving too fast? Let’s slow them down demand some scientists20
AnalysisSex Pheromones Demonstrated in many animals, their existence in humans is still highly controversial28
HumourOne fine day in the lab 31
Journal ClubEdinburgh/UK Everything you ever wanted to know about diatom sex32
Journal ClubMartinsried/Germany Are ‘good’ gut bugs responsible for an insidious disease?34
Journal ClubTallinn/Estonia When studies of plant viruses turn from applied to basic research36
Publication StatisticsBehavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Europe38
Publication StatisticsWhat’s behind paper retractions? (8): Can We Trust Western Blots?41
BiobizRussia and Czech Republic favour biotechnology / Roche is hungry for Illumina’s sequencers / Amgen acquires Micromet / Shares of France’s AB Science rocket after promising trial results42
Biobiz"Company Feature The Briton Francis Schwarze has founded a fungal business in Switzerland and is bursting with ideas. But most firms do not want to see their names associated with his products. Why?"44
MethodsBench philosophy (36): Shockwave transformation48
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: A new vacuum-assisted staining protocol50
ProductsNew products51
ProductsProduct survey: RNA extraction52
BooksAn interview with a Swedish entomologist and author Fredrik Sjöberg has been into biology since he was seven and wrote three of the best non-fiction books of the last years. He tells us why we should appreciate people that aren’t taken seriously.62
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XXXIV) Funding opportunities in the United States of America66
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (9)82