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Gene nomeclature: Humor vs reality check

Ken & Barbie. Sonic Hedgehog. Pokemon. Having a little fun when naming mutations and genes seems like a great idea to keep up the spirit when the hour gets late in the lab. But when basic science is applied, unexpected complications arise.…

Let’s have a productive conversation about GMO – but first, stop saying “GMO”!

This article is a part of Crastina's theme ”Approaching the Disbelievers”, written by Dorota Paczesniak   Compared to the buzz around new iPhones or electric cars, innovations in food production don’t get people excited. Instead,…

Stefan Jansson: Improve your credibility! (Crastina Column, September 2019)

This Crastina Column by Stefan Jansson, a professor at Umeå University, Sweden, initiates the theme ”Approaching the Disbelievers” at the crastina.org website. While driving to and from work the other day, I listened to two archived…
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#BetterPoster: The New Minimalism Act

During the early summer, the concept #BetterPoster made quite a stir on social media of the scientific community. Mike Morrison, Ph.D. student from Michigan got tired of the old "wall-of-text" poster design and introduced a radical new format…