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MDPI’s new commenting and endorsement system: the academic ‘likes’ are now available

Near the end of September, MDPI released a new functionality: the commenting and endorsement system. It allows researchers to endorse and recommend articles among each other – enabling ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ to infiltrate the academic sphere. Why an endorsement system? The commenting and endorsement system stems from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), […]

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#PlantATreeForSDG Challenge: Kicking off the countdown to the 1st World Sustainability Week in style

27 September 2019 marked the kick-off to the countdown of the 1st World Sustainability Week (WSW). For this occasion, Matthias Burkhalter (who initiated the idea) and the two chairs of WSW, Professor Max Bergman and Professor Ed Constable, came together with Dr Heiner Vischer, President of Basel’s Grand Council, to plant a 20-year-old oak tree […]

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MMCS2019: Facing Novel Challenges in Drug Discovery

On May 15–17, 2019, the journal Molecules organized its second Symposium of Medicinal Chemistry “Facing Novel Challenges in Drug Discovery” in Barcelona. It was a three-day event, with more than 180 attendees from 36 countries. The symposium, chaired by Professor Diego Muñoz-Torrero and Professor F Javier Luque, brought together renowned experts from all around the […]

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Wrap-Up of the Fourth Basel Sustainability Forum: Health (BSF 2019), 3 June 2019, University of Basel

The Fourth Basel Sustainability Forum: Health (BSF 2019) took place in the Aula of the Kollegienhaus of the University of Basel, Switzerland, on 3 June 2019. The forum kicked off with opening statements by three young climate activists from the Klimastreikbewegung Basel, reminding everyone that there is no alternative to climate action but to act […]

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Designing a Sustainable Future – An Interview with Max Bergman

Prof. Dr. Max Bergman seeks answers to key questions on the challenges set out by the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). He is one of the Chairs of the 8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF) that will take place 14–19 September 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. The WSF is an event that “encourages participants to go beyond […]

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Decoding Genomes of Small Species Using a Reduced Amount of DNA and Less Time

This is thanks to a new sequencing workflow presented in a recently published paper in Genes which removes some steps from traditional sequencing, and this results to a smaller loss of DNA. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute (University of Cambridge), and Pacific Biosciences have read the whole genetic code of a single tiny mosquito […]

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And as such, my first first-author paper (a review) is published! Functional Characteristics and Regulated Expression of Alternatively Spliced Tissue Factor: An Update This review is part of a special issue on tissue factor in malignancy.