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Sampling lake sediment cores for Woolly Mammoth DNA
Ancient mysteries – The world of palaeogenomics
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

“ Contrary to what many people think, it’s not all about recreating Jurassic Park!”, so said one of the opening speakers at the session Palaeogenomics and Ancient DNA at the SEB 2017 Annual Meeting in Gothenburg. Nevertheless, ancient DNA is proving to be the master key for unlocking a whole host of mysteries,including human migrations, the spread of disease, the disappearance of mammoths and the environmental effects of past climate change. Crucially, lessons from the past may even help us adapt to the rapidly changing world for the future.

3D model of a ribbon halfbeak
High-Tech Sci-Tech
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

Scientific conferences often function as showcases for the impressive new applications of technology from the frontiers of modern research. This year’s SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg was certainly no exception, and here are just a few of the innovative technologies and techniques that were on display.

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In remembrance of Adam Curtis
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

SEB past President, Adam SG Curtis, who has died aged 83 (3.1.1934 – 8.8.2017) was a scientist, diver, gardener, microscopist, husband, artist, ‘Querdenker’, father and friend. Coming from an artistic background, he became interested in science during a rainy holiday where a bored neighbour, at a table next to his, started educating him in chemistry.

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Taking a closer look at peer review
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

The pace of research has never moved so fast, producing an estimated 1.5 million scholarly publications each year1. This brings considerable challenges for the academic publishing industry, from recruiting enough reviewers to finding the right journal for each manuscript. At our session ‘Meet the Academic publishers’ at the 2017 SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg, our panel of speakers, chaired by John Bothwell (SEB+ Section), offered their views on the challenges facing the industry and the key emerging trends for the future.