Histology Fixatives: What Do They Actually Do To Your Samples?

We are all using some kind of fixative in the histology lab, but do we actually know what it’s doing to our cells and tissues? No matter what fixative we use, the purpose is […]

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How to get Organised With Reference Managers for Science- Zotero

My previous posts have discussed the features of several reference managers, some of which are free and others that are paid. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to draw your attention to […]

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5 Misunderstood Chemicals That you are Using in the Lab

Common lab reagents may appear innocuous, but don’t be fooled! Sometimes even the most-used lab chemicals are hazardous to your health. It is important to make sure you have an understanding of the dangers […]

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Don’t See Red! Use Oil Red O- A Histological Stain For Fats And Lipids.

What Does Oil Red O Stain? Oil Red O (‘ORO’) is used to demonstrate the presence of fat or lipids in fresh, frozen tissue sections. Introduced by French in 1926, ORO is a fat-soluble […]

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How to get Organised With Reference Managers for Science- EndNote

Last week we discussed Papers, which is a well-known reference manager used by many academics. Today I am focusing on what might be the most well-known reference manager – EndNote. Thomson Reuters’ EndNote is […]

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One Part Science, Two Parts Murder: A Book Review of “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York” by Deborah Blum

The canonical motto in Toxicology is ‘the dose makes the poison.’ That is, enough of anything can kill you. But, as Deborah Blum notes in the end of her book, “poison by water doesn’t […]

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How To Name Image Files So They Actually Make Sense- The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

I have a dear friend and collaborator whose image file names follow this format: aaaa5kk.tif, aaaa5kkk.tif, aaaa5kkkk.tif, aaaa6p3kkkkkkk.tif, etc. We have collaborated together on several projects, and I dread the days I have to […]

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How To Get Organized With Reference Managers for Science – ReadCube

In my last post on reference managers I discussed Mendeley, a well-established reference manager and the one I’m most familiar with. Today I am going to tell you about ReadCube, a more recent addition […]

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The HeLa Cell Line Genome: A Spark To Light The Debate On The Ethics Of Personal Genomics

For the past six decades, HeLa cells have been vital to making groundbreaking research in science. Scientists have made countless passages from them and shipped them worldwide, but did not put much thought into […]

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Using Enzymes at the Bench — Keep it in the cooler? On ice? or at RT?

Have you ever needed an enzyme but not had an ice bucket?  Have you been tempted to just grab the enzyme out of the freezer, take what you need and quickly return the tube […]

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