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An interview to read for all budding scientists!

If you are looking to learn something new, it is nice to have a guide along your path of learning. For some, this guide is their enthusiasm to learn, for others it might be the insatiety for knowledge, even mother nature has been a guide for many thinkers and philosophers who have helped us shape the society as we know it today. 
If you are budding scientist, who is aiming to make it big in the scientific community, there could be nothing better than working with a world renowned scientist and honing your skills in his/her lab. But for those who are not lucky enough to get into a famous lab, there are scientists like Oliver Smithies, who even when nearing the age of ninety is still involved with his lab and still has lab books from from his graduation days to refer to. 
The inventor of starch gel electrophoresis, Oliver Smithies used the technique to fractionate proteins, which helped him find differences in haptoglobin (protein that binds haemoglobin) that were inherited. When he pr…

RotM: Interview with Dr. Marta Llimargas Casanova

As we approach International Women's Day, we spoke to our first woman Researcher of the Month (RotM) at Coffee Table Science, Dr. Marta Llimargas Casanova. Dr. Marta is the Principal Researcher at the Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona where her team studies formation of tissues and organs during development. Her recent publication in PLoS Genetics sheds more light on chitin deposition. 
Here's Dr. Marta speaking more about her publication, women in science and working as a scientist. 

CTS: How has your recent publication added to existing knowledge about the chitin deposition? 
Chemical structure of chitin
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)MLC: Chitin is a natural polysaccharide made of UDP-N-acetylglucosamine monomers (a derivative of glucose). It is the second most abundant polymer in nature after cellulose, and from a functional point of view it has activities comparable to those of the protein keratin. Chitin is present in the cell wall of fungi and it is the major component…