Antibiotic Stability: Keep Your (Gun)powder Dry

The stability of an antibiotic depends on its chemical structure, method of isolation (from natural sources or chemical synthesis), and the mechanisms of inactivation. First generation antibiotics isolated from natural sources, such as penicillin, […]

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Can’t Find pFavorite? Organize Your Plasmid Library

We’ve all been there. Digging through the -80°C freezer, fingers about to get frostbite as you scrape the ice off a tube to read an illegible plasmid name, hoping it’s the right plasmid with […]

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NGS Quality Control in RNA Sequencing- Some Free Tools

RNA sequencing (‘RNA-seq’) has become one of the most widely used applications for Next-Generation Sequencing. RNA-seq can provide gene expression data more cheaply than microarray, at greater sensitivity, and without the biases inherent in […]

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Book Review: “Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge,” edited by Max Brockman

Making it into the top books of 2011, “Future Science: Essays from the Cutting Edge” edited by Max Brockman, proves that learning about science has become mainstream. Now, more than ever, it is critical […]

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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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