Picture of the issue / University mega-merger in France / Standard file format for neuroscience
data / Recently Awarded / Costs of Open Access in the UK / EMBO Installation Grant winners
announced / Peer review scam at
/ German researchers discover that a plant
deceives its pollinator with the smell of fresh kill
Observations of The Owl (52):
_ ____________________________________ 11
Research letter from... Belgium:
The Armpit Doc will Smell you Now
_ _____________________ 12
Over the Line? (19):
A bit of a “Charlie”
Science is serious. But some research projects exhibit sparks of humour
Can ‘digital badges’ clarify who has done what for a scientific publication?
_ ________________ 18
A Pakistani family cannot sweat. What might be the underlying cause?
_ ____ 24
A Brazilian plant does meiosis the other way around
_ ___________________ 26
Signal frequency determines nuclear import efficiency
_ ______________ 28
Toxicology research in Europe
What’s behind paper retractions? (26):
A Second Chance for Fraudsters?
_ _________________ 33
Belgian UCB bags Parkinson’s disease collaboration deal / Successful financing for 3D
simulation tool / World’s richest doctor blamed for “fraudulent activities”
_ _________________ 34
Airbrushed results at Asia’s leading contract research organisation?
_ _____________________ 35
In search of polarity modulating compounds: Thelial Technologies (Lisbon, Portugal)
_ _________ 36
Conflicts of Interest in Science (II): Undermined Authorities
Do public institutions always act in citizens’ best interests? And what happens when
companies persuade scientists to bias regulatory agencies in favour of their interests?
_ _______ 39
Bench philosophy: Light-sheet microscopy
_ _______________________________________ 44
Tips and tricks of the trade: Unexpected DNA binding activity of RNase A
_ _________________ 46
1D gel electrophoresis systems
The Fall of the House of Rascher. The bizarre life and death of an SS doctor.
By Siegfried Bär
Human Identity and Identification.
By Rebecca Gowland and Tim Thompson
_ _______________ 55
Career strategies for young European scientists (LII)
Science and Society in Horizon 2020 and Beyond
_ _________________________________ 56
Paul the Postdoc
_ __________________________________________________________ 06
Up until now, the role of individual authors
on a scientific publication has been unclear.
“Digital badges” are set to change that. Will
they work? (p. 18)
Sweat test at 32°C. The iodine-starch test
shows that the son of a Pakistani family is
unable to sweat. Niklas Dahl and Joakim Klar
found the responsible mutation (p. 24).
Conflicts of interest, in particular of commer-
cial nature, have undermined public regulato-
author Jeremy Gar-
wood claims (p. 39).
Selective plane illumination microscopy
(SPIM) was outshined in the last years by
superresolution microscopy. Now the door to
superresolution SPIM has opened (p. 44).
Photo: Tobias Frygar
Design team ,CC-BY 4.0
J Clin Invest
, 124, 4773-80