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“Bibliometricians are really the curse of the age”

(November 24th, 2015) Once a successful pharmacologist, working on ion channels with amongst others Nobelist Bert Sakmann, David Colquhoun now focuses on calling out shortcomings in the scientific world. LT author Jeremy Garwood talked to him, here’s the full interview.


UK’s Boast of Enhanced Research Excellence ‘Lacks Credibility’ (Part 2 of 2)

(November 20th, 2015) The UK’s periodic evaluation of its university research has triumphantly reported a doubling of its top-class research results during the previous 6 years, but a reanalysis of the data has found a much lower result.


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UK’s Boast of Enhanced Research Excellence ‘Lacks Credibility’ (Part 1 of 2)

(November 16th, 2015) The UK’s periodic evaluation of its university research has triumphantly reported a doubling of its top-class research results during the previous 6 years, but a reanalysis of the data has found a much lower result.


Cream of the Crop in Life Sciences

(November 10th, 2015) Whatever one may think about global university rankings, they provide some sort of indication of excellent research hotspots. Times Higher Education recently released its latest list. Where’s THE’s best place to work for life scientists?


Blind Passengers

(November 6th, 2015) Have you ever wondered how pure congenic or knockout mice really are? A recent study showed that many unwanted mutations, so-called passenger mutations, accompany the intended genetic modifications, resulting in confounding effects that can have serious impacts on experimental results.


A new Science(ability)?

(November 2nd, 2015) Big Data, Innovation, Personalised Medicine and co. – Are these the hallmarks of a new science(ability) in medicine? An essay by Gerd Antes, Freiburg.


How to Solve Data Merging Problems

(October 30th, 2015) As the bioinformatics field continues to grow and evolve, the amount of data being generated is increasing exponentially. A recent review discusses the problems and possible solutions to the sharing and integration of this data.


The Biosynthetic Jamboree

(October 27th, 2015) “And the winner is…” The world’s biggest synthetic biology contest, the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, ended last month in Boston. The discoveries are now waiting to be transformed into start-up companies or full research projects.


A Call for British Scientists to Oppose Brexit

(October 23rd, 2015) At the beginning of this month, Mike Galsworthy and Rob Davidson officially launched their grassroots campaign 'Scientists for EU'. The two researchers want to mobilise the scientific community to advocate the UK's continued EU membership.


Important but not Valued Enough

(October 21st, 2015) A new survey among UK Principal Investigators reveals the joys and sorrows of managing and leading a research group.


Sperm Adventures in 3D

(October 16th, 2015) For decades, scientists have tried to understand how sperm manage to undertake the journey towards the female egg. Now, for the first time, a research group in Bonn followed these male cells in three-dimensional space providing new insights about their navigation strategies.


Risk vs Gain

(October 13th, 2015) It was headline-grabbing news. A British scientist applied for permission to genetically modify human embryos for research purposes. Will this technology ever be used in the clinic?


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