10 Tips for Safely Using Liquid Nitrogen in the Lab

The image of liquid nitrogen has been glamorized recently in TV cookery programs by chefs such as Heston Blumenthal. However, whether you are going to use it to make home made ice-cream or to […]

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Internships During Graduate School: How to Start a Side Career Without Quitting Your Day Job

The clock strikes 10:00 pm, your thumb has a raging case of carpal tunnel syndrome, the trash is full of tubes containing unsuccessful PCR reactions, and you wonder…Is this really what I want to […]

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Banish Those Insecurities: Tips on Giving Scientific Talks

Every once in a while you are forced to abandon your comfort zone.  You have to leave behind your comfortable territory of the lab bench or your desk in the reading room and stand […]

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DIY Phase Separating Gel: Clean and Cheap!

Phenol/chloroform extractions are a common lab technique to remove proteins from aqueous solutions containing DNA and RNA.  They can be tedious and a bit time consuming if you are working with a lot of […]

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The Ten Lab Commandments: Or the Guide to a Happy Lab

I was lucky enough to do my PhD in an extremely friendly and well-organised lab.  In my opinion, these two key traits are required for a successful research experience. This environment, while appearing effortless, […]

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Back to the 80s: The Top Ten 80s Songs for Your Lab Playlist

It’s like, no duh…the decade of the Rubik’s cube, E.T., big hair and shoulder pads, is making a comeback. Like Rocky rising against Clubber Lang (“You ain’t so bad!”), the buoyant 80s is fighting […]

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Never Leave an Empty Seat – A Simple Rule to Increase Your Networking at Scientific Talks

One of the great things about being scientists is that we are lifelong learners.  Scientists go to a lot of seminars, meetings and conferences.  The traditional, hour-long seminar is also a great way to […]

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Advanced Sectioning Techniques: How to Section Difficult Tissues.

Has this ever been your experience: You lovingly harvest, fix and embed your tissue, only to have your tissue shatter, wrinkle or otherwise look horrible when you section it? Well, before you throw your […]

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A Guide for Solving Your Lab Math Problems

Math is an important part of lab life, from making solutions to calculating protein concentrations, and miscalculations can cause mayhem for your experiments. Therefore it is important that your math is right, or you […]

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A primer on Probe-based SNP genotyping

Single Nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), colloquially pronounced ‘snips’, are the most common type of genetic variation in people. By definition, a SNP represents a single nucleotide variation at a specific location in the genome that […]

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