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Archive for February, 2014

Finding the perfect partner: how to collaborate

During my career as a practising scientist, I was always pretty rubbish at collaborating with other labs. Despite knowing that existing in a scientific vacuum was highly unsatisfactory, a mixture of insecurity, poverty of ideas and a pronounced lack of networking instincts led to my ploughing a mostly lonely furrow until, unsurprisingly, the furrow vanished … Continue reading >>

Lessons from dogs and devils

In 1810, the renowned Professor of Animal Medicine, Mr Delabere Blaine, published the fourth edition of his bestselling manual “A Domestic Treatise on Diseases of Horses and Dogs”. Mr Blaine’s book promises “A Description of Every Disease To which they are generally liable, and the Mode of Cure” and is a riveting read. Amongst the … Continue reading >>