Labtimes 03/2012 - Table of Content

NewsPicture of the issue / Synthetic biology moratorium? / New open access journal in the starting blocks / Recently Awarded / Mass-gathering medicine at the Olympics / Cash infusion for Swedish research initiative / Europe-wide structural biology collaboration launched / Austrian researchers discover a new eating habit of carnivorous plants6
HumourPaul the Postdoc6
OpinionResearch letter from... Hypnotic Finland: That Unique Hypnotic Stare14
OpinionObservations of The Owl (36): Trampling True Talent16
OpinionOver the Line? (3): Screaming To Be Heard18
AnalysisReviewer Preference at PLoS Genetics? Two groups achieve the same results, at the same time but only one group’s paper is published20
AnalysisClimate Microbiology Who’s in charge of the weather? Certainly not rain or thunder gods but how about bacteria?24
Journal ClubEilat/Israel Some marine bacteria switch on the lights at dinner time28
Journal ClubVienna/Austria Self-made software tools for population genetics30
Journal ClubBudweis/Czech Republic Just two steps to make a warmth-loving fruit fly enjoy the cold32
Publication StatisticsAnimal Behaviour Research in Europe34
Publication StatisticsWhat’s behind paper retractions? (9): Step Up, Editors!37
BiobizIs Bayer preparing for a mega merger? / Danish Novo Nordisk hires staff in USA38
BiobizMerck closes Serono site in Geneva but Florian Fisch sees a unique chance39
BiobizDrug Target Controversy Pharmaceutical companies can’t rely on findings from academia. How bad is the situation?40
BiobizNext Generation Sequencing: the Next Big Thing ... ... is small: Has UK’s Oxford Nanopore found the holy grail with their real time and cheap Gridion devices? Steven Buckingham investigated45
MethodsBench philosophy (37): Ion mobility mass spectrometry48
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Soy milk blocking50
ProductsProduct survey: Biological safety cabinets51
ProductsNew products54
BooksMusic review Biophilia by Björk55
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XXXV) The National Institutes of Health (NIH): Dinosaur or Biomedical Powerhouse?56
HumourOne fine day in the lab 61
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (10)66