Compare and conquer

Experimental comparisons of methods, technology platforms or reagents are time-consuming and expensive, but hugely beneficial. An Editorial in the April issue of Nature Methods illustrates how such comparisons have been very useful for scientists in various research disciplines. Nature Methods has now adopted an article format called ‘Analysis’ to accommodate publication of such comparative analyses. Broad guidelines of what the editors will be looking for are provided in the April Editorial.  Read more

Proteomics data deposition to public repositories

Starting in March, Nature Methods strongly recommends deposition of proteomics data to public repositories before manuscript submission. An Editorial in the March issue describes the motivation of this decision and comments on the public repositories that are now available to proteomics researchers.  Read more

Research in situ, where it is most needed.

The Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development went live today: 235 scientific journals coordinated the publication of articles specifically addressing issues related to human condition in poverty-stricken areas. This initiative was spearheaded by the Council of Science Editors and the full list of articles can be found on their web site. A special event was hosted at the US NIH on the occasion of the coordinated publication.  Read more

No faulty-gene carrier need apply

A bill designed to prohibit discrimination based on genetic information in terms of health insurance and employment is awaiting a vote in the US Senate. There have been several similar but ultimately unsuccessful legislative attempts over the past 12 years. It is crucial that this bill be enacted into law to address a public fear likely to limit patient access to predictive genetic testing and to discourage participation in genetic research.  Read more

Staff picks

In an editorial in the July issue, we suggest some recent popular science books that would make a nice summer read and hope that summer will not be the end of it. To keep you going, here are an extended list of older books, including some of our favorites and some of the genre classics. The list was assembled with the kind advice of editors, scientists and science writers.  Read more