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Meet the scientists

If you work in a research lab you’ll encounter plenty of different characters. Surprisingly they’re not all geeks, as the Big Bang Theory would like us to believe, and they’re also not (all) insane, disheveled-looking introverts with genetically engineered rats who want to take over the world. A few of the typical personality “archetypes” of scientists are …

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Careers for life science PhDs

I have recently updated my previous post about career opportunities for recent or prospective graduates from the life sciences. The list now includes updates on the previous job choices but also a selection of new jobs, based on what I’ve learnt over the past years. I hope you will find it useful and please do …

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An organoid model to study the human placenta

In vitro generated trophoblast organoids closely resemble the human villous placenta. Throughout a pregnancy, the developing fetus is supported by the placenta, an extraembryonic organ that maintains the connection to the maternal uterine wall and performs a complex set of functions from nutrient supply, gas exchange to hormone production and immune responses. Despite its essential …

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Brexit. Between fatigue and oblivion.

When I’m not travelling I pretty much wake up with Radio 4 every day. But for a long time now I have fallen into the habit of immediately turning my radio alarm off to avoid the obligatory grave voice that will tell me how utterly disastrous the Brexit negotiations are progressing. Or rather not progressing. …

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Some changes to the blog

I’m in the process of making a few format changes, and generally cleaning up the archive, outdated posts, broken links and more. The main purpose of this revamp is to get everything back into shape so that I will be able to post more regular content. As it often happens in a blogger’s life multiple …

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Major steps ahead in stem cell research this year

Stem cell research might not be the scientific area with the best public reputation at the moment. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve had conversations in pubs or other random places descending from the casual inquiry about my interests into heated debates about everything that’s wrong with stem cell research. Some particularly …

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Launch of a new Journal blacklist – behind the paywall

For seven years, Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado, maintained a blacklist of open-access Journals, which according to his criteria were questionable and untrustworthy. This list was mostly meant as a resource to warn the research community about predatory journals that would charge fees but did not provide appropriate publishing services, such …

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