Tag Archive: ethics

Mar 19

Three-parent babies

In a recent clinical exam, I came across a patient with a disease called Kearns-Sayer syndrome. I examined him and found he had a complex ophthalomeglia (paralysis of the eye muscles causing problems with vision) and was mentally handicapped – amongst other clinical signs and symptoms – but I still could not come to the …

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Jul 17

How can you identify a brilliant scientist?

Inspired by a visit from 2013 Nobel prize winner Randy Schekman, my colleague Kif and I have written down a few thoughts on Impact Factors in science. Traditionally, the impact factor of a scientific journal reflects how often recently published articles have been cited by scientists in other papers. In other words: the impact these articles have …

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Jun 08

Misconduct – When science turns into scam

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a scientist apart from having to give up one’s career because of funding problems? Stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata would probably have a good answer for that. She’s been in the media since the beginning of the year: first as female scientist role-model with a spectacular discovery, then as …

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May 23

What is it like to be a scientist working on a major breakthrough?

The PLOS blog PLOS Biologue recently published my review about Natalie Angier’s book Natural obsessions. It tells the story of Bob Weinberg‘s lab in the 70s and 80s – the time when he made one of the most important discoveries in cancer research and proved the existence of the human oncogene Ras which can cause normal cells to form tumours. But above all, …

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