Labtimes 04/2013 - Table of Content

NewsPicture of the issue / More English at French universities / CEO and CFO leave PLoS at the same time / Recently Awarded / Italian scientists protest for animal research / Ten European research centres form alliance / Editors demand new type of article / German and Norwegian researchers solve the identity crisis of the bacterium Gemmata obscuriglobus6
HumourPaul the Postdoc6
OpinionResearch letter from... Scotland: The Kilt – A Fertile Fashion Statement?13
OpinionObservations of The Owl (44): No, Not Sloppy!14
OpinionOver the Line? (11): When to Hang Up the Pipettes?15
AnalysisEMBO Installation Grants: We talked to six grant winners about their experiences – good and bad16
AnalysisCover Story: Is combining science and art just an aesthetic pastime or is there more behind it?22
Journal ClubVilnius/Lithuania Characterising bacteriophage Rak2 revealed many unexpected surprises26
Journal ClubBudapest/Hungary Why do structurally similar MAP kinases exert very different effects?28
Journal ClubOeiras/Portugal Splice variants of the plant transporter ZIFL1 have a dual function30
Publication StatisticsPlant sciences in Europe32
Publication StatisticsWhat's behind paper retractions? (17): Time for a Reproducibility Index35
BiobizScientific misconduct - Data fabrication at GlaxoSmithKline’s China research site36
BiobizCompanies aren’t allowed to obtain patents on human genes (US court rules) / Irish Élan fights against takeover / Former Serono facility turns into biotech campus38
BiobizEurope’s research into rare diseases (II) Orphan drugs are the world’s most expensive medicines, resulting in significant economic changes in the EU. How excessively high drug prices could upset everyone’s health budget. (2nd of a two-part series)39
MethodsTips and tricks of the trade: Reading papers on the cloud43
MethodsBench philosophy (44): Semantic publishing44
ProductsProduct survey: qPCR thermocyclers46
ProductsNew products53
BooksThe Artful Species. Aesthetics, Art, and Evolution, by Stephen Davies54
AnalysisCareer strategies for young European scientists (XLIII) From fishing village to Asia’s biopolis – Welcome to Singapore (Part 2)55
HumourOne fine day in the lab 60
HumourCartoon: Cynical Sid (18)66