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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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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