Online Editorials

When Evidence becomes a Nuisance

(November 18th, 2014) The new European Commission is no longer interested in retaining a Chief Scientific Advisor, CSA. This not only silences Anne Glover’s plainly audible voice in Brussels, it also means there will be no successor. It’s a catastrophic loss, thinks Brynja Adam-Radmanic.

more...

Love is in the Air (or Water)

(November 14th, 2014) Not only human males put on the best perfumes if they want to impress the ladies, tilapia fish pursue the same strategy. Portuguese and German researchers identified and characterised one of the fish’s pheromones.

more...

Lab Video

Back to the Roots

(November 11th, 2014) History can be complicated, especially if it’s the evolutionary history of intracellular parasites. Studying a newly discovered parasite of water fleas, Swiss scientists found an answer to one of the notorious “what came first” riddles.

more...

Science on the Dance Floor

(November 7th, 2014) The popular “Dance your PhD” contest recently announced this year’s winner. But winning isn’t everything. We spoke with the two finalists in the biology category about the artistic side of research.

more...

Living in a Bubble of Work

(November 4th, 2014) What’s wrong with the life scientist profession? Science sociologist, Ruth Müller, studies professional culture in a highly competitive environment.

more...

Old Weapons Re-discovered

(October 31st, 2014) Antimicrobial peptides, AMPs, are ancient weapons activated by multicellular organisms against their single-celled bacterial enemies. Are they our glimmer of hope against the looming fears of antibiotic resistance?

more...

The Enemy Inside

(October 28th, 2014) War is a bad thing, no matter how you look at it. But recent research shows that in the trenches of World War I, soldiers had to fight  not only against their human enemies on the other side but also against parasites infesting their guts.

more...

Cold Case Heating Up

(October 24th, 2014) Those who thought that after 126 years, modern science would finally reveal the true identity of Jack the Ripper, will have to wait a little longer. A small error absolves a Polish emigrant from the brutish crimes, for now.

more...

Most Precious Things

(October 22nd, 2014) On October 1st, a new exhibition called Precious Things opened at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. How it all began with two kids digging up a dinosaur and ended with a gift from Charles Darwin – Lab Times reporter, Karin Lauschke, tells the story.

more...

Dispatches from the US (2)

(October 17th, 2014) Among the past month’s top stories are: The US declares war on Ebola; the White House invests in improved antibiotic testing; the NSF takes stock of postdoctoral unemployment rates and US universities install napping stations in libraries.

more...

Confessions of a Postdoc (21): When Research Throws a Curve Ball, Take Solace in Philanthropy

(October 14th, 2014) 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.

more...

An Almost Happy First Birthday

(October 10th, 2014) It hasn’t been an easy ride for the Human Brain Project in its first year of research. An open letter and the Swiss vote caused the ambitious project to totter. At the 4th Human Brain Project Annual Summit, Henry Markram and Co. talked about HBP’s current state of affairs.

more...


Current Issue

Current Issue 05-2014 of LabTimes is open for online viewing.

Click for TOC of Current Issue

NEW: Click for the ePaper-Version

Be first to learn about new issues:
Click to get our NEWSLETTER.




Visit Labtimes on Facebook:
facebook

From the Content

Observations of The Owl -
Helpful Colleagues

Current Issue - OwlThere's no greater satisfaction than being perched high in my favourite tree in the early morning hours, my stomach full of the most delectable morsels of a profitable night's hunting and relaxedly watching another day slowly dawn far across the meadowlands, with a highly-valued friend at my side... simply great!... more


Publication Analysis 2005-2011: Dermatology

Current Issue - Publication Analysis"To have a thick skin", "by the skin of one's teeth", "to be scared out of one's skin" - our protective barrier against the outside world has made itself comfortable in our everyday parlance. And that's no big surprise. The largest organ of our body is also the most visible one. Made up of three primary layers - epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue - skin is also an important factor in a person's physical attractiveness. And here we enter the realm of poetry... more

Bench philosophy: Proteogenomics

Current Issue - Publication AnalysisFirst described six years ago, proteogenomics is now an established discipline that is not only upgrading the annotation of existing genomes but is also proving its worth in interpreting new genomes as they emerge. Once we figured out how to sequence a genome, the rest seemed straightforward. You feed your long sequence of A's, T's, C's and G's into the computer algorithms and let them figure out, which bits of the four-letter puzzle are the genes. After all, we know the triplets that say 'start' and the ones that say 'stop'.... more

Tips and tricks of the trade: Cloning by homologous recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Current Issue - TricksCloning by homologous recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is fairly easy but not widely adopted because it is incompatible with most plasmids used in standard cloning procedures.
But not anymore. Modern molecular genetics experiments need a set of sophisticated tools for manipulating genetic material. These tools need to be quick, cheap and versatile. The call for versatility means that such tools have to be easy to insert into just about any workflow, without having to go through tedious optimisation steps each time you turn them to a new use... more


Banner 4


Banner 5