Next Gen Sequencing Reveals Transposable Elements Can Re-wire Gene Regulatory Networks

In 1983, Barbara McClintock won a Nobel Prize for discovering transposable elements (TEs)- the first woman to solely win the Prize. These genetic parasites can copy themselves and jump around the genome, and, as […]

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Be a Science STAR at Your Next Interview!

Have you ever been to an interview where you felt like you didn't answer a question specifically, or kicked yourself afterward for not sharing a great example with the interviewer? If you have, you […]

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Overcoming The Limits Of Light: A Guide To Super Resolution Microscopy Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at diffraction limits and how these can be overcome using Super-Resolution Microscopy techniques. We covered Single Molecule Localization Techniques, Structured Illumination Microscopy and Stimulated Emission Depletion. In this second […]

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How Measurement of Concentration and Purity of Nucleic Acids Works, Part I

So you’ve isolated your DNA or RNA from your favorite sample. And now, if you are anything like me, the first thing you’ll do is scramble to check the quality and concentration of your […]

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Damage control: One thing you must always to do ensure your data is reliable

Whenever you make up a solution or use a purchased reagent in the lab, you trust the work of a whole army of people and equipment. If any one of those links in the […]

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Where Did It All Go Wrong?! Quality Control For Your NGS Data

You’ve carefully collected your samples, extracted nucleic acids and made your first set of next-generation sequencing libraries. How are you going to know if the data you get back is any good and whether […]

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Join the club: Ten benefits of joining a professional scientific society

If you already spend all day hanging out with other scientists, the last thing you might feel like doing is joining a professional scientific society. With today’s shrinking budgets, you might also start to […]

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Getting Those Chromosomes To Spread- A Beginner’s Guide To Meiotic Chromosome Spreads

So you want to do meiotic spreads do you? Maybe it’s to check if meiosis is progressing the way it should, or even to look for sites of DNA damage. Whatever the case this […]

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RNases can be useful too…

Ribonucleases (RNases). We've been giving them a hard time here lately. We've been talking about how they are the bane of the lives of of researchers who work with RNA. And we've told you […]

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Blast your way to quicker, cheaper bacterial transformations

If you want a more efficient, cheaper way to do bacterial transformation, if using a small DIY cannon to create a shockwave that forces bacteria to take up DNA from its surroundings sounds like your […]

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