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Is It Too Soon?

(May 5th, 2015) A recent study on human germline gene editing has thrown the scientific world into turmoil. Many wonder: ”Are we ready to cross that line?” We asked Christine Mummery, member of the International Human Embryonic Research Guidelines Task Force, for her opinion.


Wake up and Smell the Pheromones

(May 2nd, 2015) Is human behaviour controlled by pheromones or not? This is still a controversial topic. Tristram Wyatt has his own ideas about the past, present and future of human pheromone research and shares them with us.


Print your Lab

(April 28th, 2015) Sharing is a good thing and, in some cases, it can even power public science engagement. Researchers at the University of Tübingen have taken open source, 3D printed lab equipment to developing countries.


Confessions of a Postdoc (23): The Road Less Travelled… Until Now

(April 24th, 2015) Since 2010, Anjana Nityanandam has shared her inner thoughts, experiences and feelings that come with being a postdoc. Here are her latest insights into the world of a research scientist that many are probably all too familiar with.


A Delicate Question

(April 21st, 2015) If you’re ever faced with the possibility of finding out about the genetic information of a close relative, who passed away, would you want to know? Biomedical ethicists discuss the pros and cons of disclosing genetic information of deceased patients.


Trust is Good, Control is Better

(April 17th, 2015) US and European scientists recently dropped a bombshell on research involving the miracle fat-burning hormone, irisin. Their case is a perfect example for demonstrating the overreliance on commercially available test kits.


The “Voinnet Case”: Background of a Retraction plus an Open Letter

(April 13th, 2015) Following the accusations of scientific misconduct against plant biologist Olivier Voinnet from the ETH Zürich, his first paper is about to be retracted. Furthermore, the official statements by Voinnet's current and former employers prompted an open letter (see at the end of the article).



Bibliometrical Benefits

(April 13th, 2015) Irish researchers performed the first bibliometric analysis of the evolution of a research field. From the primitive beginnings some twenty years ago to the complex present, the miRNA field has evolved into a truly remarkable form.


Laughing and Thinking in Copenhagen

(April 8th, 2015) Marc Abrahams and his IgNobel clique once again toured Europe. Live on stage: a student stops his nose bleed with bacon, a professor dresses as a polar bear and we get convinced that it is mentally hazardous for a human to own a cat. Lab Times reporter Karin Lauschke has the details.


The Big Egg Hunt

(April 2nd, 2015) A group of scientists makes an unexpected discovery on Easter Island. Is there a new member sitting on a side branch of the avian family tree?


Micropia: the Museum of Small Things

(March 31st, 2015) They are all around you, even if you often cannot see them: microbes! And now, they also have their own museum. Alejandra Manjarrez checked it out.


“A Crosstalk between Genes and the Environment is also Present in Music”

(March 27th, 2015) Does listening to music affect gene expression? Are you a born musician? Irma Järvelä, Associate Professor in Medical Molecular Genetics at the University of Helsinki, Finland, tries to find answers. Isabel Torres spoke to her about Mozart, transcriptomics and Jazz.


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