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The “Voinnet Case”: Correct Corrections?

(July 7th, 2015) Aside from one retraction, eight articles of ETH Zürich plant biologist Olivier Voinnet have been corrected by the journals so far. Large parts of the scientific community, however, are not exactly satisfied with them.


Proximity-Dependent Initiation of Hybridization Chain Reaction (proxHCR)

(July 3rd, 2015) In this month's Nature Communications, Ola Söderberg's lab at the Uppsala University report a rather unusual way of investigating protein-protein interactions using an enzyme-free DNA technology called the Hybridisation Chain Reaction.


Sensitive Noses in the Hospital

(June 30th, 2015) Detecting dangerous infections and even cancer in its early stages is important but not easy. Luckily, clinical science can increasingly rely on man’s best friends, dogs.


Research Crisis in Ireland – The Current Situation (2)

(June 26th, 2015) Researchers in Ireland are protesting against existing Irish government funding policies that exclude basic science in favour of short-term economic potential. Jeremy Garwood about demotivated scientists and calls for change.


Research Crisis in Ireland – The Background (1)

(June 23rd, 2015) Researchers in Ireland are protesting against existing Irish government funding policies that exclude basic science in favour of short-term economic potential. Jeremy Garwood talks to plant geneticist, Frank Wellmer, at Trinity College Dublin.


Dispatches from the US

(June 19th, 2015) In this month’s news: US universities lead the number of patent applications; scientists create the first map of airborne pathogens; Science Academies hope to restrict the use of revolutionary gene editing tool and brain regions involved with creativity have been identified.


Money for Everybody

(June 16th, 2015) For students, navigating the maze of different funding opportunities is often overwhelming. As a result, nearly 20% of scholarships available throughout Europe are never actually claimed. The new platform European Funding Guide aims to close this gap.


Retract… or correct… or retract…

(June 10th, 2015, updated June 12th, 2015)

 An Oncogene paper was found to contain manipulated data. Four years later, the different players are still fighting about the appropriate way to handle it. Coincidentally, one of them is a former postdoc of ETH Zürich plant biologist Olivier Voinnet – and thus also deeply involved in the current misconduct investigations of his papers.



Strong Unions Needed

(June 8th, 2015) Animal research is necessary. But misconceptions in the public make the use of animal models increasingly difficult. What can be done to improve the reputation of animal research? The European Animal Research Association proposes a Unified Animal Research Network in Europe.


Clean up your Act!

(June 2nd, 2015) A new book about marine litter wants to illustrate how serious the matter is – not only for marine wildlife but also for our own health. We need to intensify research on this issue, says Tamara Galloway, one of the book’s authors.


10 Years ‘European Charter for Researchers’ (Part 3/3 - The Charter's Achievements)

(May 29th, 2015) In 2005, the European Commission published the ‘European Charter for Researchers’. One of its main aims was to define scientific research as a recognised profession with a clear professional career structure. In March it celebrated its 10th anniversary, but has it achieved its aims?


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