Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

“Why do we fall, Bruce?” Stephen Curry at The Guardian reminds us that “negative results matter. Their value lies in mapping out blind alleys, warning other investigators not to waste their time or at least to tread carefully. The only trouble is, it can be hard to get them published.” Includes a case study from […]

Double Blind Epilog

Double-blind* peer reviews are an intersting idea that I’ve discussed not too long ago. Several journals, most recently those in the Nature group, are experimenting with this format. I won’t go back over the previous arguments, but I want to present one point of view I liked, John Dennehy’s at his blog, the Evilutionary Biologist: […]

Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

Life is tough, and then it’s dry. “As a new pond forms, turquoise killifish eggs buried in the mud spring from suspended animation. The eggs hatch, and in just 40 days the fish grow to full size, about 2.5 inches. They feed, mate and lay eggs. By the time the ponds dry up, the fish […]

Visitors: Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Last Friday we had the pleasure of receiving Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard at the IGC. Dr Nüsslein-Volhard shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on deciphering the genetic instructions on how to build a fruit fly embryo, the result of a tour-de-force mutation screen in collaboration with Eric Wieschaus (work she described as […]