Why aren’t SDS-PAGE gels horizontal?

As you have probably experienced in the lab, SDS-PAGE gels are a bit tricky to put together. Since they are vertical, if you don't get the seal just right, they can easily leak, and […]

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So You Want To Become A Digital Microscopist? Here's Our Five Minute Guide.

If you’ve dreamed of becoming a life science photographer (and you know how to use a microscope and a digital camera), then you’re already halfway there. Put those two skills together and read on. […]

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Book Review: “Like a Virgin”, by Aarathi Prasad

While modern humans have a broad selection of contraception options, reproducing is still limited to the “egg + sperm = baby” theme whether in the bedroom or in a test-tube.  The Amazon review of […]

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7 tips for balancing your scientific career and your marriage* (*or other intimate relationship)

A while back, I read an article on Bitesize Bio entitled “When Your Partner is NOT a Scientist” that piqued my interest…for the wrong reasons. And I discovered that I hold polar opposite views […]

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Understand EC numbers in 5 minutes Part 2: History of the EC system

In the previous article in this two part series, I explained how the Enzyme Commission names enzymes, and why it is so important. In this article I’d like to take you on a brief […]

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Understand EC numbers in 5 minutes Part I: How EC numbers work

As a biologist you will no doubt have seen Enzyme Commission (EC) numbers. An EC number is group of four numbers separated by periods in papers discussing enzymes…something like this: EC 1.1.2.1. But do […]

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“Pick ‘n’ Mix? A Basic Guide to Commercial Flow Cytometers”

  So having read our article on how a cytometer works, surely the next question is ‘what’s the right flow cytometer for me?!’ Basic Components of Flow Cytometers We know that at their most […]

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Science and the Media – Dos and Don’ts

Have you ever wondered how the media can write (often cringingly inaccurately) about a recently published scientific paper? Attending Standing up for Science media workshop organised by the Sense about Science charity shed a […]

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Flow Cytometric Apoptosis Assays to Characterize Cell Death

Apoptosis, often called programmed cell death, is a carefully regulated process that is part of normal development and homeostasis. Apoptosis is morphologically and biochemically distinct from necrosis, which is conversely called accidental cell death. […]

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Cell Counting with a Hemocytometer: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Many biological applications such as microbiology, cell culture, blood work and many others that use cells require that we determine cell concentration for our experiment. Cell counting is rather straightforward and requires a counting […]

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