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Brexit is chaos for UK Scientists – interview for NatScience Podcast

I have recorded an interview for a Podcast produced by NatScience, a science communication agency based in Sweden. The topic is the hottest in the Europe scientific community these days: Brexit. Enjoy it! What was your reaction to the result…

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“Get the Cash and Run” – Researchers in Italy must act ahead of Government

Saying something new on the looming landscape of medical research in Italy isn’t trivial thing. It requires astuteness, stomach, and a fair degree of imagination. Today, I will try to pull all of this out of the hat as panelist of a conference…

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Facial Imperfect Paedophilies hit the News with Lies

I sent the following letter yesterday to the editorial office of The Times in UK, following an awkward reading I had on their newspaper the same day. I wish Stephen J Gould were here to see me 🙂  To Whom it may concern,…

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I failed my EMBO Fellowship. And I feel the power!

Like other 800 PostDocs in Europe, last August I pressed the “submission” button for my first Fellowship to the European Molecular Biology Organisation. Although I was selected for an interview in Germany, on December 5th my name was not on the list of…

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Grantsmanship: the wrong expectations

As my first experience as PostDoc begins in London, I already had the possibility to write my first couple of Grant proposals. It was a very instructive experience in my scientific career, particularly because my expectation of what a Grant application looks…

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Small RNA molecules identify T-helper cells and point to a new allergy treatment

I haven’t written a post in a long, long while. Wired feelings being back at the keyboard. As most of you know I have been recently experienced a number of changes, including moving into a new country and starting a new line of…

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Nature Magazine sings the praises of non-existing cure

In its recent Outlook on Cancer Immunotherapy, the respectable journal Nature features an article that talks about MBVax, a Vancouver-based company that “produces cancer vaccine for compassionate use to countries where government regulators allowed its importation and use”. Mmmh… MBVax does not…

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Queerolinska brings “gay science” on stage

The LGBTQ student association of Karolinska Institutet announces the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Science Symposium ever hosted in Stockholm. The appointment is for November 20, at Medicinska Föreningen, Nobels Väg 10, Solna Campus. Visa större karta Queerolinska is…

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Who’s afraid of GBS?

This month, PLoS dedicates quite much attention to the topic of infection disease in newborns. A post written by Beth Skwarecki opens with the dilemma: good or not good? Which microbes do we have to combat and which we shouldn’t? Excluding the…

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The day I met Pascale Cossart

My brain and heart jumps simultaneously while my eyes start vaguely at the black TV screen in my hotel room. I just attended a keynote lecture by Pascale Cossart, an award-winning bacteriologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris who’s dedicated her carrier to study Listeria monocytogenes,…

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