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Naturejobs

Prospects

Putting pathogens first p3

Paul Smaglik

doi:10.1038/nj6873-03a


regions

Canada: Drawing back the talent p4

David Spurgeon

doi:10.1038/nj6873-04a


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Opinion

Dangers of going underground p717

Precautions need to be taken to protect researchers threatened by violent pressure groups. But open access to information and public accountability need to be sustained in the face of determined anti-rationality.

doi:10.1038/415717a


A boost too far? p717

Care will be needed over the proposed expansion of US bioterrorism research, lest the cure prove worse than the disease.

doi:10.1038/415717b


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News

Biodefence boost leaves experts worried over laboratory safety p719

Jonathan Knight

doi:10.1038/415719a


American Red Cross turns its back on stem-cell grant p719

Jonathan Knight

doi:10.1038/415719b


Physicist's letters reveal clues to bitter wartime rift p720

Alison Abbott

doi:10.1038/415720a


Rockefeller head quits as scandal looms p721

Erika Check

doi:10.1038/415721a


Soros offers open access to science papers p721

Declan Butler

doi:10.1038/415721b


Cloning agenda 'skewed' by media frenzy p722

Erika Check

doi:10.1038/415722a


Share crash puts focus on accounts p722

Erika Check

doi:10.1038/415722b


Anger at US plan to drop physics experiment p723

Geoff Brumfiel

doi:10.1038/415723a


Researchers fear web information will prompt attacks p723

Tony Reichhardt

doi:10.1038/415723b


news in brief p724

doi:10.1038/415724a


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news feature

Citation analysis: The counting house p726

Scientists' work is often evaluated using citation statistics compiled by a company called the ISI. But how useful and reliable are the data? David Adam gets the measure of citation analysis.

David Adam

doi:10.1038/415726a


European Space Agency: Tightening the purse strings p730

Science budgets are being trimmed at the European Space Agency. Sally Goodman talks to David Southwood, the man charged with deciding how the money should be saved.

Sally Goodman

doi:10.1038/415730a


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Correspondence

The impact-factors debate: the ISI's uses and limits p731

Towards a critical, informative, accurate and policy-relevant bibliometrics.

Henk F. Moed

doi:10.1038/415731a


Statistics hide impact of non-English journals p732

Shengli Ren, Guang'an Zu and Hong-fei Wang

doi:10.1038/415732a


Strange results mean it's worth checking ISI data p732

Kathleen D. Hopkins, Laragh Gollogly, Sarah Ogden and Richard Horton

doi:10.1038/415732b


Habilitation not just alive in France, but growing p732

Matthew Cobb

doi:10.1038/415732c


Getting space camera back on track soon p732

Franklin O'Donnell

doi:10.1038/415732d


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Commentary

Narrow horizons in astrobiology p733

Mission planners must realize that astrobiology is more than a search for life.

doi:10.1038/415733a


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Book Reviews

Carry a big stick p735

A unique figure of the twentieth century gives his version of the facts.

John T. Finn reviews Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics by Edward Teller and Judith Shoolery

doi:10.1038/415735a


A toast to the genome p736

Carina Dennis reviews Life Script: How the Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform Medicine and Enhance Your Health by Nicholas Wade

doi:10.1038/415736a


Keeping in sync p736

William Ditto reviews Synchronization: A Universal Concept in Nonlinear Sciences by Arkady Pikovsky, Michael Rosenblum and Jürgen Kurths

doi:10.1038/415736b


Visual virtuosity p737

doi:10.1038/415737a


Words of climatic wisdom p737

Heike Langenberg reviews The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change

doi:10.1038/415737b


Science in culture p738

Martin Kemp reviews

doi:10.1038/415738a


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words

Innateness p739

Reconciling 'instinct' with biological reality may require a recasting of evolutionary metaphors.

Barbara C. Scholz

doi:10.1038/415739a


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concepts

Orthology: Secret life of genes p741

Günter Theis zligen

doi:10.1038/415741a


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News and Views

Materials science: Beyond the kitchen sink p743

If you look closely, stainless steel is not actually 'stainless' — it does corrode. Corrosion is known to develop near sulphide impurities in the metal, but not, it seems, in the way we once thought.

Roger C. Newman

doi:10.1038/415743a


Biogeography: A case of dispersing chameleons p744

Chameleon species are widely distributed and provide a test for some basic principles of biogeography. The latest analysis supports the idea that they have dispersed from Madagascar on several occasions.

Olivier Rieppel

doi:10.1038/415744a


Earth science: Flow and fabric deep down p745

Conditions in Earth's mantle can be inferred from seismic-wave velocities which reveal areas of anisotropy. Evidence emerges of such an area at mid-mantle level, associated with a subducting tectonic plate.

Karen M. Fischer

doi:10.1038/415745a


100 and 50 years ago p747

doi:10.1038/415747a


Developmental biology: Precision patterning p748

Many developmental events depend on gradients of key molecules to tell cells where they are. These gradients vary between embryos, but a noise-filtering mechanism ensures that development proceeds normally.

Nipam H. Patel and Sabbi Lall

doi:10.1038/415748a


Animal behaviour: Snap judgements p748

Tim Lincoln

doi:10.1038/415748b


Daedalus: Fresh flavours p749

David Jones

doi:10.1038/415749a


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News and Views Feature

Stem cells that make stems p751

Plant stem cells, contained in specialized structures called meristems, have amazing regenerative powers. They enable plants to grow and produce new organs throughout lifetimes that can span hundreds of years.

Detlef Weigel and Gerd Jürgens

doi:10.1038/415751a


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Brief Communications

Developmental psychology: Rational imitation in preverbal infants p755

Babies may opt for a simpler way to turn on a light after watching an adult do it.

György Gergely, Harold Bekkering and Ildikó Király

doi:10.1038/415755a


Evolutionary biology: Performance constraints in decathletes p755

Raoul Van Damme, Robbie S. Wilson, Bieke Vanhooydonck and Peter Aerts

doi:10.1038/415755b


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Review

The emerging conceptual framework of evolutionary developmental biology p757

Wallace Arthur

doi:10.1038/415757a


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Letters to Nature

Crossover between classical and quantum shot noise in chaotic cavities p765

S. Oberholzer, E. V. Sukhorukov and C. Schönenberger

doi:10.1038/415765a


Observation of stimulated emission by direct three-photon excitation p767

Guang S. He, Przemyslaw P. Markowicz, Tzu-Chau Lin and Paras N. Prasad

doi:10.1038/415767a


Why stainless steel corrodes p770

Mary P. Ryan, David E. Williams, Richard J. Chater, Bernie M. Hutton and David S. McPhail

doi:10.1038/415770a

See also: News and Views by Newman


Poleward heat transport by the atmospheric heat engine p774

Leon Barry, George C. Craig and John Thuburn

doi:10.1038/415774a


Mid-mantle deformation inferred from seismic anisotropy p777

James Wookey, J.-Michael Kendall and Guilhem Barruol

doi:10.1038/415777a

See also: News and Views by Fischer


A basal troodontid from the Early Cretaceous of China p780

Xing Xu, Mark A. Norell, Xiao-lin Wang, Peter J. Makovicky and Xiao-chun Wu

doi:10.1038/415780a


Chameleon radiation by oceanic dispersal p784

C. J. Raxworthy, M. R. J. Forstner and R. A. Nussbaum

doi:10.1038/415784a

See also: News and Views by Rieppel


Antagonistic coevolution between the sexes in a group of insects p787

Göran Arnqvist and Locke Rowe

doi:10.1038/415787a


Context-enabled learning in the human visual system p790

Yael Adini, Dov Sagi and Misha Tsodyks

doi:10.1038/415790a


Excitatory glycine receptors containing the NR3 family of NMDA receptor subunits p793

Jon E. Chatterton, Marc Awobuluyi, Louis S. Premkumar, Hiroto Takahashi, Maria Talantova, Yeonsook Shin, Jiankun Cui, Shichun Tu, Kevin A. Sevarino, Nobuki Nakanishi, Gang Tong, Stuart A. Lipton and Dongxian Zhang

doi:10.1038/nature715


Establishment of developmental precision and proportions in the early Drosophila embryo p798

Bahram Houchmandzadeh, Eric Wieschaus and Stanislas Leibler

doi:10.1038/415798a

See also: News and Views by Patel & Lall


Activation-induced cytidine deaminase turns on somatic hypermutation in hybridomas p802

Alberto Martin, Philip D. Bardwell, Caroline J. Woo, Manxia Fan, Marc J. Shulman and Matthew D. Scharff

doi:10.1038/nature714


Lateral relocation of auxin efflux regulator PIN3 mediates tropism in Arabidopsis p806

Jir caroní Friml, Justyna Winiewska, Eva Benková, Kurt Mendgen and Klaus Palme

doi:10.1038/415806a


The non-coding Air RNA is required for silencing autosomal imprinted genes p810

Frank Sleutels, Ronald Zwart and Denise P. Barlow

doi:10.1038/415810a


Structural basis for antagonist-mediated recruitment of nuclear co-repressors by PPARalpha p813

H. Eric Xu, Thomas B. Stanley, Valerie G. Montana, Millard H. Lambert, Barry G. Shearer, Jeffery E. Cobb, David D. McKee, Cristin M. Galardi, Kelli D. Plunket, Robert T. Nolte, Derek J. Parks, John T. Moore, Steven A. Kliewer, Timothy M. Willson and Julie B. Stimmel

doi:10.1038/415813a


correction: Autonomic healing of polymer composites p817

S. R. White, N. R. Sottos, P. H. Geubelle, J. S. Moore, M. R. Kessler, S. R. Sriram, E. N. Brown and S. Viswanathan

doi:10.1038/415817a


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New on the Market

Turning the heat on PCR p818

Thermocycling and PCR are the themes this week.

doi:10.1038/415818a


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