Known for his penetrating scientific insight and acerbic wit, Brenner, for many years, authored a regular column ("Loose Ends") in the journal Current Biology .   This column was so popular that "Loose ends from Current Biology", a compilation, was published by Current Biology Ltd.  and is now [ when? ] a collectors' item. Brenner wrote "A Life In Science",  a paperback published by BioMed Central . Brenner is also noted for his generosity with ideas and the great number of students and colleagues his ideas have stimulated.