Volume 435 Issue 7041, 26 May 2005

Volume 435 Issue 7041


  • Editorial |

    This issue's focus on avian flu highlights progress and incoherence in the world's response to a potential human pandemic. But the threat is enormous, and some priorities are clear enough.

  • Editorial |

    Referenda next week could derail the European project — with negative consequences for science.

  • Editorial |

    Nature and its new sibling Nature Chemical Biology reflect an important multidisciplinary trend.

Research Highlights


News in Brief





  • Commentary |

    Global agricultural authorities should harmonize with the public-health sector to ensure the exchange of flu virus samples, and establish a single international standard for vaccines, say Robert Webster and Diane Hulse.

    • Robert Webster
    •  & Diane Hulse
  • Commentary |

    Both bottom-up and top-down planning is needed to prevent a global economic disaster. Michael T. Osterholm calls for action at all levels.

    • Michael T. Osterholm
  • Commentary |

    Early detection and rapid response to bird flu, on a global scale, will drastically cut the costs of dealing with a full-blown human flu pandemic, argue Ron Fouchier, Thijs Kuiken, Guus Rimmelzwaan and Albert Osterhaus.

    • Ron Fouchier
    • , Thijs Kuiken
    • , Guus Rimmelzwaan
    •  & Albert Osterhaus
  • Commentary |

    There is no bigger acute microbial threat to China, and to the rest of the world, than an influenza pandemic, and no better time to prepare for this eventuality than now. David Ho asks what more China could be doing.

    • David Ho
  • Commentary |

    A committed, transparent research effort into the detection, prevention and treatment of bird flu is now critical. Anthony S. Fauci presents the questions that need answers.

    • Anthony S. Fauci

Books and Arts



  • Essay |

    Our persistence in placing ourselves at the top of the Great Chain of Being suggests we have some deep psychological need to see ourselves as the culmination of creation.

    • Sean Nee

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    The movement of cattle around the country, and the presence of badgers, are both implicated in the high incidence of bovine tuberculosis in Britain. The problem may get even worse in the near future.

    • Mark E. J. Woolhouse
  • News & Views |

    An early epoch of planetary migration could explain the current orbits of the giant planets, the origin of Jupiter's Trojans, and an intense bombardment of the early Solar System with a shower of asteroids and comets.

    • Joe Hahn
  • News & Views |

    Embryonic cells learn their fate early in development. Discovery of a factor that controls the development of one embryonic tissue, the ectoderm, highlights a mechanism that might also influence the growth of cancer cells.

    • Yoshiki Sasai
  • News & Views |

    The observation that there is interference between a laser-induced electron wave and a single molecule means that it may be possible to image changes in molecular structure with a sub-femtosecond resolution.

    • Jonathan P. Marangos
  • News & Views |

    Farmers and gardeners have long taken advantage of the growth-altering properties of the plant hormone auxin. The discovery of the elusive auxin receptor hints at how plant cells ‘sense’ and respond to this protein.

    • Judy Callis
  • News & Views |

    The best low-energy measurement yet obtained of the electroweak mixing angle — a central parameter of the standard model of particle physics — is the last hurrah for Stanford's powerful two-mile linear accelerator.

    • Andrzej Czarnecki
    •  & William J. Marciano





  • Prospects |

    Some suggestions to promote international scientists in the United States could be more broadly applied.

    • Paul Smaglik
  • Careers and Recruitment

  • Careers and Recruitment |

    Once hyped, gene therapy still holds promise as an effective method for treating a variety of diseases. On the road to fulfilling that expectation, opportunities exist for young scientists who are excited by a still-emerging field, says Hannah Hoag.

    • Hannah Hoag
  • Region

  • Regions |

    Switzerland is proving that small countries can make a big impression in science. It is recruiting some of the brightest young researchers from all over the world and convincing them to stay, says Quirin Schiermeier.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
  • Career View

  • Career View |

    Bioinformatician bridges maths and life sciences

    • Steven Salzberg
  • Career View |

    Academics worry about hiring “undiscovered geniuses”

    • Wendy M. Williams
    •  & Stephen J. Ceci




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