Supplemental Links

An additional batch of links for your reading pleasure. Matt Sydes at BMC blogs on sharing clinical trial data. “Brain myths die hard“. Christian Jarrett‘s reflections, as he leaves his blog at Wired. Speaking of dying hard, Tim Lahey at The Atlantic on how medical progress is making it difficult to declare someone dead. Money money money… […]

140 Character Problem

I’ve been both reading & participating in many interesting and enlightening Twitter discussions on science and science policy. Unlike my mostly negative experience on Facebook, the tone is almost always respectful, and when it veers towards sarcasm, it is rarely mean. Also the community structure seems to work a lot better, there is much less […]

Rendering unto Caesar

Mark Johnston has launched an intense discussion in science social media and blogs with an editorial in Genetics entitled “A Glaring Paradox”.  The crux of the argument is this: the highest impact journals (i.e. Science, Nature, Cell, etc) employ professional editors, who are no longer working in research; many lower impact journals are edited by active […]

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: […]

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 […]

The Spherical Frictionless Horse

This week Nature has made a bit of a splash with the news that it is experimenting with a “double-blind” review format. The standard review process for a scientific manuscript is “single-blind”, i.e., the referees evaluating the manuscript know the identity of the submitter(s), but the authors don’t know who the referees are (typically between […]

Visitors: Hans Meinhardt

It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever someone begins a session with “the next speaker needs no introduction (insert here ‘from me’/’to this audience’/’in this house’ variant)”, an introduction will follow. So it was with Hans Meinhardt, of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen. The audience knew him, and he had been in this […]