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  • Interview Russell: Lande talks about conservation biology and his experiences in court more
  • Nobel Prize Controversy Did Jules Hoffmann deserve the Prize? Lab Times pries into his scientific CV more


  • Antibiotic Resistance ‘Miracle drugs’ become less effective as the enemy grows stronger more
  • Interview Paulien Hogeweg reminds us that bioinformatics is more than just analysing genomic data more


  • Brain Doping If you want to increase your scientific output, why not try some drugs? more
  • Brain Imaging Techniques How reliable is functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging? A dead fish throws up some questions more
  • Phylogeny How many branches has the tree of life really grown? more


  • Interview Gero Miesenböck about the humble beginnings of optogenetics more
  • Past, present and future Everything you ever wanted to know about the non-coding stretches of DNA more
  • PhD overproduction When a statistical lie causes a serious problem more


  • Scientific careers in Spain - A three-year experiment revealed that it’s not enough to be a great scientist to get a good post more
  • Environmental biotechnology Pollution is one of today’s major concerns. Fungi can help to get rid of some nasty substances more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (XXIX) Funding opportunities in Greecemore


  • Blue Brain Project High aims, low output. Much ado about nothing? more
  • Authenticity of lab organisms How sure can you be that your HeLa cell line is really a HeLa cell line? more
  • The ideal researcher A survey identifies the essential skills of a modern scientist more


  • Eco-Immunology - What happens when two independent research fields come together? more
  • Interview - Peter Lawrence about the shortcomings of the current research system more
  • Research careers gone wrong - Dubious methods at the James Craig Venter Institute more


  • Drug Discovery - Is Mother Nature still the number one source for promising new drugs? more
  • Open Innovation - If you want to earn some extra cash, solve some problems for the pharma industry more
  • Interview - Elena Cattaneo gives an insight to Italian research? more


  • Structure dispute - An American and an English group fight over one enzyme more
  • Retractions - What happened to good old, solid research? Lately, more papers than ever are retracted more
  • Bee Crisis - Bees are becoming an endangered species; what are the consequences of their decline? more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (XXV) - Funding opportunities in Ireland – where things are currently at the crossroads more


  • UK scientists Researchers in the UK have to prepare themselves for difficult times more
  • Current-generating bacteria Is it possible to industrially exploit this unique feature? more
  • Interview Magnus Nordborg talks about the importance of plant research more


  • Sex Bias - Does medication have different effects on female and male organisms? more
  • Synthetic Life - A bacterial cell controlled by a chemically synthesized genome. Is that already synthetic life? more


  • Interview Plant scientist Cathie Martin on the genetic modification of fruit and vegetable plants more
  • Volunteering in the Third World Biologists often know Third World pathogens from the bench but they can also work on site more
  • Plant neurobiology’ What evidence do the advocates really have? more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (XXII) Doing a PhD (or more) in Israel more


  • Databases and biological resource centres - Facing a financial crisis more
  • Interview - ‘Dolly co-father’ Alan Colman on stem cell research and scientific misconduct more
  • Paper retraction - After 12 years, The Lancet retracted a paper that had caused a vaccine safety scare more


  • The economics of extinction - How much is a species worth? more
  • Lab supply shortages - What to do if a supplier suddenly discontinues a product indispensable for your research more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (XX) - Doing a PhD (or more) in Italy more


  • Life Sciences in Luxembourg (1) Not long ago Luxembourg didn’t even have a university, now the small country wants to make it big in health sciences and biomedicine more
  • Life Sciences in Luxembourg(2) Rudi Balling, new director of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, talks about why Luxembourg is a great place to pursue a systemic approach to life sciences more
  • The Costs of Mobility more
  • Scientific misconduct - Honesty is a virtue but how far will some scientists go for success? more


  • Gerard Kleywegt on Structural Biology more
  • Evolution of sexual reproduction more


  • Origin of Life: How did the first biomolecules form? more
  • Thierry Rabilloud talks about still unfulfilled expectations in proteomics more
  • Will genomic efforts help to reveal why truffles are such an expensive delicacy? more


  • The difficult revision of the EU directive on animal experiments more
  • Two experts from science and industry talk about synthetic biology more
  • High throughput biology is reaching the organisms essential to the production of gourmet food. more


  • Plagiarism: A case of stealing figures from a presentation and including them in a paper more
  • Evolutionary mechanisms in human diseases are still widely neglected by medical doctors more
  • Chris Langley on Military-funded science more


  • Steve Jones talks about Evolution today more
  • Species: What exactly is a species? more
  • Diethard Tautz on Speciation more
  • Evolutionary theory in Eastern Europe: more


  • Open access publishing - Becoming The Norm? more
  • Web 2.0 for science - A Conversation with Victor Henning (UK) more
  • Life science in Spain more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (XIV) more


  • Research funding in Italy more
  • ELSO fuses with EMBO more
  • Cancer Genomics more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (XIII) more


  • French veterinarian and bioethicist Jacques Testart talks about better ways for scientists and the public to be involved in political decisions more
  • Mathematical modelling in biology more
  • Cereal diets and babies’ sex -- a case of poor science and sensationalist headlines more
  • Creer strategies for young European scientists (XII): Funding opportunities in the Netherlands open to anyone more


  • Scientific espionage – Has the determination to fight scientific espionage already led to paranoia? more
  • The European Science Foundation (ESF) – Chief Executive Marja Makarow talks about ESF's role in the scientific community. more
  • A plea for James Watson – James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA structure, has been massively criticised for his statements on the intelligence of African blacks. Rightly so? more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (XI) – Brain gain schemes in the Western Balkans. more


  • Open Access and Peer Review/Richard Smith (PLoS), about open access publishing and criticizes traditional peer review. more
  • French research reform (II)/Sarkozy and his 'Law on Universities'. more
  • Troublesome lab reagents/A real tale of woe about working with sub-standard lab supplies. more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (X: National programmes open to anyone: Austrian Euros. more


  • French research reform (I). more
  • Cell cultures: Often revealed to be classified wrongly/Contamination. more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (IX) Swiss Fraenkli. more


  • Interview with Gottfried Schatz. more
  • Microbial systematics. more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (VIII)/National programmes open to anyone: The German perspective. more


  • New model organisms. more
  • Career strategies for young European scientists (VII)/The EMBO Young Investigator Programme. more


  • (Not only) PhD Careers/The Starting Independent Researcher Grants of the European Research Council (ERC). more


  • The Netherlands' new science minister Ronald Plasterk is tranformed from highly productive researcher to government minister. more
  • Ghost writers and ghost authors in medical papers. more
  • (Not only) PhD Careers/The seventh EU research framework programme (FP7)
    -- part II: Marie Curie actions. more


  • Genetic testing, European regulations, guidelines and scientific problems. more
  • (Not only) PhD Careers/The seventh EU research framework programme (FP7)
    -- part I. more