How to solve the funding puzzle…


The biggest challenge facing start-ups and science SMEs? It has to be funding. Here, Dr Geoff Davison considers some of the current opportunities available for accessing that all important financing

From villain to hero

CO seems to play a role in the functioning of glial cells, like these astrocytes, and could even act as an endogenous signalling molecule in the brain. Credit: Bruno Pascal

‘The dose makes the poison’ goes the adage, but could it be so for carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide? Could these notorious toxins be used for the treatment of complex neurological disease? Don’t rule it out say one team of neuroscientists…

Is it time to go public?


Mike King, an economist based at the National Physical Laboratory explores the benefits that working with a public research establishment can bring for companies.

The difficulties of defining ‘moderate’ drinking

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Last year, national newspapers ran a story suggesting that drinking a bottle of wine a day isn’t necessarily bad for you. It was based on comments by former World Health Organisation alcohol expert Dr Kari Poikolainen – but was it a gross over simplification by a mainstream press keen to avoid…

The big squeeze

Cell Biology

The physical properties of proteins, so vital for cellular function, are intimately linked to the cellular environment – a very crowded place indeed. But has this relationship been neglected in our understanding of their physicochemistry? Simon Ebbinghaus and David Gnutt think so, and they say…

After the vote was over, after the count was done….

The ethical scrutiny of mitochondrial transfer started well before the technique was ready for use

Dr Geoff Watts, who chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on mitochondrial transfer, reflects on the run up to the Parliamentary vote that gave it the go ahead, and also looks to the wider future

A standard offering

A standard offering

 It is all too easy to take for granted the systems and protocols behind the relentless production of test results throughout the UK’s many pathology laboratories – now a new standard is set to encourage these fine labs to take stock of procedures…

Seeing it all

Diamond Light Source

Viral evolution, molecular rulers and Neolithic wall paintings­ – when it comes to pushing boundaries, the Diamond Light Source has literally seen it all…

Deepening mystery of disappearing microscope

Special Report

In 1981 a lost treasure-trove of seventeenth-century specimens was unearthed by Brian J Ford, hidden among the archives of the Royal Society. They had been made by the microscope pioneer Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

A new low

A new low

From superconductors and particle accelerators to deep-space cosmology and cancer research, our understanding of matter at a fraction of a degree above absolute zero has never been more important – but the way we conduct low temperature research has to evolve says Jeremy Good…

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