Editorial / Analysis
A view on peer review
The team of Editors.
Scrutiny of scientific work is a fundamental pillar of Science. It is not only needed for correctness, in a purely technical sense, but also takes care of originality, novelty and significance, ensuring that the scientific work contributes to generation of new knowledge. There are two stages where this task is especially important: before the start of a scientific investigation (projects) and when the investigation yields results (publications)…
Biophysics in microbiology: A conversation with Víctor de Lorenzo
UCM, Madrid (Spain).
When I was proposed to write on this topic it sounded to me like a wonderful idea, since I thought that Víctor, like me, is a “side effect biophysicist”. In my case, I got into biophysics as a consequence of my interest in molecular biology, proteins and their interactions with lipids. In Víctor’s case, I considered his quantitative approach to microbiology to be highly biophysical…
The eyes of chemistry (Dedicated to Geoffrey Roughton)
Isabel Usón1,2 & Claudia Millán2
1ICREA, 2IBMB, CSIC Barcelona (Spain).
For most humans, vision constitutes the main way to apprehend the world. We understand information best when we can see it in a three-dimensional frame. This explains the impact of X-ray crystallography from its onset, a century ago, as it allows seeing in atomic detail the main players in chemical and biological processes…