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Raw Data: a cautionary tale

Posted by on March 4th, 2016

I’ve just finished reading ‘Raw Data’ by Pernille Rørth. As a disclaimer, Pernille ran the lab next door to me when I was a postdoc, and as Editor in Chief at The EMBO Journal helped train me up as an editor – I’ve got a huge amount of respect and liking for her as a scientist[…]

Exciting and Frightening – Book review of GMO Sapiens by Paul Knoepfler

Posted by on February 23rd, 2016

ISBN 9789814678537 – 28USD/18GBP The idea of human germline genetic modification is too close for comfort right now. However, society in general does not seem to realise the proximity of this threat or the technical basis of this threat, making the publishing of Paul’s book ‘GMO Sapiens – The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies’ timely.[…]

“Decoding the Language of Genetics”, a review

Posted by on February 7th, 2016

Modern biology is impossible to understand without genetics. Students today would struggle to understand Mendelian inheritance without the idea of the gene, and labs worldwide use molecular biology and genetic techniques to study different organisms and processes. Genetics has revolutionised the study of biology in the past century, and the study of genetic material keeps[…]

Growing older gracefully – a review of the 10th edition of Developmental Biology

Posted by on March 9th, 2014

This article was first published in Development, and was written by Timothy T. Weil, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.   In the age of Google and Wikipedia, what is the role of the textbook? When revising lecture notes, what motivates a student to pull a clunky book off the shelf, rather than hitting the[…]

Royal Society Publishing – Molecular and functional evolution of transcriptional enhancers in animals – TB 1632

Posted by on November 29th, 2013

Posted by Felicity Davie, Royal Society Publishing: Molecular and functional evolution of transcriptional enhancers in animals – TB 1632 – Dec 13 Royal Society Publishing has just published Molecular and functional evolution of transcriptional enhancers in animals, compiled and edited by Marcello Rubinstein. This content can be accessed at A print version is also available at the[…]

Blue Skies and Bench Space: Adventures in Cancer Research

Posted by on November 28th, 2013

If you’re interested in how science is done, what it takes to make major discoveries, and how we got to where we are today, you may be interested in a book that’s just been published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. The book’s called Blue Skies and Bench Space: Adventures in Cancer Research, and its[…]

Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide – the new book by Paul Knoepfler

Posted by on September 30th, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Associate Professor and dedicated stem cell blogger Dr. Paul Knoepfler about his upcoming book “Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide”. The book covers everything from defining stem cells and their clinical applications to stem cell regulation and even some stem cell urban legends. Here, Paul chats about his book,[…]

Biology Bytes: A Stem Cell-Focused Book for the Public

Posted by on September 22nd, 2013

I recently published a book, called Biology Bytes: Digestible Essays on Stem Cells and Modern Medicine, which is on stem cells and other medical-related topics, and thought it would be of interest to readers at The Node. A large part of the book is just on stem cells — specifically, an entire chapter (74 pages)[…]

Review: Electric shock

Posted by on February 7th, 2013

Last year, Matter launched, after a successful  Kickstarter campaign, as a magazine that publishes only long, well-written articles related to “science, technology and the ideas shaping our future”. Each issue is one article, which costs $0.99 to access. (On my iPad, they ‘re categorized as books, and are each about 40 pages long, which I[…]

Book review: Theme and variations on biology and civilisation

Posted by on December 27th, 2012

This book review originally appeared in Development. Alfonso Martinez Arias reviews “Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life ” by Enrico Coen. Book info: Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life. By Enrico Coen. Princeton University Press (2012) 360 pages ISBN 9780691149677 $29.95 (hardback) In 1953, Alan Turing, a[…]