Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

A few summers ago, my son came home from day camp and reported that he saw a “bad magician.” Was the magician incompetent, I asked, or was he evil? The bad scientists Ben Goldacre […]

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Cell and Tissue Fixation 101- Top Tips For Protocol Optimization

You just can’t put raw tissue or cell samples on your slides and expect good histology results! Instead you must preserve or ‘fix’ your samples. Fixing ensures that your cell structures stay intact and […]

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Do science and copyright mix? (or: if you love your writing, set it free)

American academic and political activist Lawrence Lessig  argues that digital technologies allow all of us to change from passive consumers of culture to the its creators. Producing books, newspapers and movies in the 20th […]

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How to detect long non-coding RNA (lncRNA)

According to the central dogma of molecular biology, DNA is transcribed into RNA, that is translated to proteins. Inconveniently, the vast majority of the genome contains sequences that do not actually code for proteins. So, […]

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NGS and TRex: The Science Of Jurassic Park

The necessity to see negative scientific results in academic journals has recently drawn some attention. However, for the working experimentalist, it is still unthinkable that he or she would be able to publish meticulous […]

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Perfecting that Lay Summary

Most of us have had to write a lay summary or abstract at some point. How easy do you find this? In my experience, it is harder than you think! Whether for your thesis, […]

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The Joy Of Shared Microscopes- 10 Things Which Really Piss Me Off!

The theory behind the idea of having shared microscopes is a good one, but, in reality, this can sometimes mean you have to put up with the dirty habits of your fellow scientists and […]

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Book Review: “The Best American Science Writing 2012,” edited by Jesse Cohen and Michio Kaku

From cutting-edge medicine to disastrous climate change to quantum mechanics, the 2012 installment of The Best American Science Writing (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062117912) offers some of the best science journalism and essays from the previous year.  The […]

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Bad reference? It’s not the end of your science career

The conventional sequence for getting a new job in science (or anywhere else) goes like this: 1) Apply for job 2) Get an interview 3) Ace the interview 4) Pray that your references hold […]

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Avoid These Pitfalls: Seven (Not So Deadly) Histology Sins

The following is a list of seven common histology blunders. All of which I have personally witnessed (supposedly intelligent and otherwise excellent) scientists commit. Read below to avoid making the same transgressions next time […]

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