Guide to Buying a Fluorescent Microscope Part 2

In Part 1 of this Guide, we learned about the importance of support, resources and objectives when choosing a fluorescence microscope. We continue this guide by looking at everything from filters to warranties. You […]

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Competition!! Join us for the Bitesize Bio Blowout

I’ve always liked December, mainly because Christmas and my birthday fall in that month. But this December we are also celebrating moving into the Rolls-Royce of office spaces, at Nine, The BioQuarter in Edinburgh (photo […]

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10 Common PPE Sins

Labs are a dangerous place, full of nasty chemicals and harmful biological materials. Yet so many people are flippant about their own personal safety (and the safety of others) when working in this hazardous […]

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Book Review: “In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind”, by Eric R. Kandel

We tend to take textbook knowledge for granted, but once upon a time these ‘facts’ were still to be discovered. Eric R. Kandel (1929) witnessed and importantly contributed to this small-step-by-small-step process in the […]

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NHS uses NGS to combat MRSA!

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) persistently plagues hospitals worldwide. Until now, hospital (or healthcare) MRSA (HA-MRSA) was of a different lineage from MRSA found in the community. Since HA-MRSA could not survive in a non-hospital […]

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How To Ace Your Journal Club Presentation

Scientific journal clubs are a fantastic opportunity to sharpen your presentation skills in an informal atmosphere composed of your peers.  Furthermore, regular attendance will help keep your knowledge of the scientific literature up to […]

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Scientists Work Too Much – Is this Bad for Science?

In my time in the lab, I came across people with lots of different work ethics. The lazy scientists, the let-everybody-else-do-all-the-hard-work-for-me scientists, the strictly-nine-to-five scientists, the nocturnal scientists, the always-on-holiday scientists and, of course, […]

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Guide to Buying a Fluorescent Microscope: Part 1

You’re a senior postgraduate student, a post doc or a junior PI with little knowledge on microscopes and someone between Senior PI /Dean level approaches you with this: “We have now the funds to […]

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How does 2D Gel Electrophoresis Work?

2D gel electrophoresis (2DE) is a key technique for purifying individual proteins from complex samples based on their isoelectric points and molecular weights.  Simple enough in theory, but as the plethora of protocols and […]

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Can a New Peer Review Paradigm Decrease Time to Publication?

Peer-reviewing scientific papers is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) bottlenecks of scientific articles publishing. You – a final year PhD student or postdoc at the end of a grant – submit […]

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