Labtimes 05/2012 - Table of Content

NewsPicture of the issue / Growing unrest against Impact Factors / The preliminary verdict against Milena Penkowa is in / Recently Awarded / New Zebrafish Resource Center opened in Germany / Dutch and German neurobiologists find a function for a glial glutama1
HumourPaul the Postdoc6
OpinionResearch letter from... Scandinavia: Grin And Bear It!12
OpinionObservations of The Owl (38): Vanity (Un)Fair14
OpinionOver the Line? (5): The Crying Game16
AnalysisScientific Misconduct: The image of a 2D gel in a Proteomics paper; scientist has déjà vu moment18
AnalysisInterview: Eric Karsenti on tracking down ocean life and the importance of science communication24
Journal ClubHelsinki/Finland Lichens reveal their toxic secret28
Journal ClubUtrecht/The Netherlands A hybrid mouse helps cancer patients30
Journal ClubKarlsruhe/Germany Fooling plants with synthetic substitutes32
Publication StatisticsFungal Research in Europe34
Publication StatisticsWhat's behind paper retractions? (11): Stop Shooting the Messenger37
BiobizNorway's Algeta announces good news about investigational cancer drug / UK's Cellcentric and Netherland's Zobio join forces in epigenetics / Germany's Agennix faces fatal flop38
BiobizIs Big Pharma abandoning research? Why is an industry whose life-blood depends on drug discovery cutting its own R&D? And how does the rise in a “modern” management culture interact with merger mania?40
BiobizInterview: Sequencing pioneer Hagan Bayley about the origins of his research and the absolute necessity for scientists to pursue their research, unhampered by bureaucratic hassle45
ProductsNew products47
MethodsBench philosophy (39): Biocuration48
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: White PAGE gels50
ProductsProduct survey:Automated liquid handling51
BooksStradivari's Heirs by Corinna Engelhardt56
BooksExploring Immunology by Gordon MacPherson and Jon Austyn57
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XXXVII): The European Research Council has been rewarding ”excellent ideas“ since 200758
HumourOne fine day in the lab 62
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (12)66