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“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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Too Much to be Nothing?

(March 24th, 2015) Already at an early age, Olivier Voinnet had achieved star status among plant biologists – until suspicions arose last year that more than 30 of his publications contained dubious images. Voinnet’s colleagues are shocked – and demand an explanation.

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Diagnostic Error

(March 20th, 2015) Everyone studying neuroscience knows Henry Molaison or at least his initials, H.M. His epilepsy and post-surgery amnesia was the base for numerous scientific publications. A recent study, however, finds that HM’s disease was most probably misdiagnosed.

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On the Origin of Hippos

(March 17th, 2015) They look like pigs but their genetic make-up puts them closer to whales and dolphins. Now, new fossil finds start to solve the mystery of the evolutionary history of the “river horse”.

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Much Deeper Insight

(March 13th, 2015) On Monday, the Danish Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Brain Prize. Congratulations to Winfried Denk, Arthur Konnerth, Karel Svoboda and David Tank.

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Supermaterial Joins the War

(March 10th, 2015) So far only known to be valuable to physicists and material scientists, graphene slowly finds its way into biomedical labs, too. Manchester scientists discovered that graphene oxide specifically targets and kills cancer cells.

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Turkish Research Delight

(March 6th, 2015) As one of the few lucky winners of an EMBO Installation Grant, Günes Özhan is ready to push biomedical science in Turkey. Fortunately, a new research centre, the Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (iBG-izmir) has recently been founded in the western part of the country.

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Work Enthusiasm or Authorship Abuse? (Part 2)

(March 3rd, 2015) How many research publications can a scientist claim to author in a year? Can we really be the author of one paper a week, every week, for years on end? Jeremy Garwood looks at authorship abuse in biomedical science.

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Work Enthusiasm or Authorship Abuse? (Part 1)

(February 27th, 2015) How many research publications can a scientist claim to author in a year? Can we really be the author of one paper a week, every week, for years on end? Jeremy Garwood looks at authorship abuse in biomedical science.

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Bad Modelling Job?

(February 24th, 2015) In recent years, the trillions of bacteria living in our guts have risen from obscurity to stardom. They are thought to affect almost everything, from our mood to health and disease. Studies often involve mice but are these rodents really an appropriate model?

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“Motivating Institutions to Introduce RRI into their Strategies is a Major Challenge”

(February 20th, 2015) Bringing together scientists, citizens, policy makers and businesses to solve society’s complex problems is the goal of Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI. The abstract concept now gets more specific. We talked to RRI Tools co-ordinator, Ignasi López Verdeguer.

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Illegal Drugs: Time for a Re-think?

(February 17th, 2015) In the 1960s and 70s, the United Nations compiled a list of chemicals harmful to health if used by self-medication. Criticism starts to grow among the medical community who sees this legislation as a barrier to research.

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