5 Ways to Really Screw Up Your RNA Prep

Unlike DNA, which can last for eons (if stored correctly!), RNA is a fragile and degradation-prone cousin. After working with RNA for a while, one becomes quite paranoid about handling RNA because even a […]

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How to win a Nobel Prize for Biology

In 1895, Alfred Nobel wrote in his Last Will and Testament that he wished the bulk of his sizable estate to “constitute a fund, the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the […]

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That Other Number- The Meaning Of Numerical Aperture In Microscopy

Perhaps while staring at your microscope during long imaging sessions, you have noticed that written on your objective lens is not only the magnification, but also another number such as: NA=1.4. What does that […]

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How to stop a bad reference from hurting your job prospects in science

In my recruitment agency, we have seen many instances where a candidate was fired from his last job and knows that his manager is not going to say nice things during a reference. Often he had a great […]

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Making New Medicines: How Next Generation Sequencing Is Transforming Drug-Development

From blanket-bombing… During World War II, both allies and axis forces used saturation bombing in which thousands of pounds of explosives were dropped from bombers to cover and destroy everything in a large area. […]

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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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