Talk to me: Good communication with your PhD supervisor / scientific advisor

Few scientists in the training stage are lucky enough to have the perfect advisor (aka PhD supervisor PI, boss).  The reality is that most scientific advisors receive little to no training on how to […]

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I can’t breathe: Is 20% Oxygen Always the Appropriate Level for Cell Culture?

Researchers spend considerable time and money on proper experimental design for in vitro cell culture, so why is it so difficult for cells in culture to have the same physiological function as in our […]

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10 Easy Ways To Wreck Your Microscope

Do you see what I see?  Maybe not, if the microscope is wrecked in one of these ten ways when you… 1. Carry the microscope incorrectly. A death-grip on anything but the arm and the base […]

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Getting the Most Out of Supervisor Meetings

The monthly meeting with your supervisor is approaching and you are getting nervous.  What can you do to get the most out of it?  For starters, let’s hope that you are actually having regular, […]

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Cell lysis 101: 5 types of cell walls you need to understand

Did you ever encounter resistance from a mammalian cell line when trying to extract the contents? Probably not, because destroying cell membranes is easy. Cell walls however are a different story. They are rigid, […]

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11 scientific spell-/grammar checker failures that you can learn from

You should never completely rely on your spellchecker or grammar checker when writing your scientific manuscript, thesis, or presentation. I’ll talk more about exactly why in my next article, but first let’s have a […]

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How To Troubleshoot Your DNA Libraries For 454 Next Generation Sequencing- An Essential Guide.

For those of you who prepare your own DNA libraries, this article will cover the most critical aspects of library preparation to ensure a successful sequencing run. Previous Bite Size Bio articles have covered the basics […]

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Useful Tips to Keep on Top of New Literature

It’s a gut wrenching feeling to come across a paper that impacts your work, and even worse when it turns out the paper is weeks or even months old. Perhaps finding that paper earlier […]

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Histology Fixatives: What Do They Actually Do To Your Samples?

We are all using some kind of fixative in the histology lab, but do we actually know what it’s doing to our cells and tissues? No matter what fixative we use, the purpose is […]

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How to get Organised With Reference Managers for Science- Zotero

My previous posts have discussed the features of several reference managers, some of which are free and others that are paid. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to draw your attention to […]

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