Online Editorials

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.

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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).

 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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