Successfully Navigated an Interview: That’s Great, but Now What?

Interviews are great - sometimes it feels good to have been invited in to compete for a position. Interviews are also a crucial time to ask, "What's next?" This critical question will help you understand the […]

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Acid Fast: A Histology Tool To Detect Bacteria and TB

 What Does Acid-Fast Stain? Acid-Fast (AF) is an important special staining technique used in the histology lab. This is adifferential stain used to identify acid-fast bacterial organisms, such as members of the genus Mycobacterium and Nocardia. The discovery of […]

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Sorting Large Cells and Materials by Flow Cytometry

Flow cytometers and cell sorters were designed with blood cells in mind. This means that commercial cell sorters are optimized for sorting cells typically smaller than about 20 µm in diameter. However, it turns […]

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Chemistry Spies: pH meters, Buffers and You

The pH meter is probably the least understood and most abused piece of equipment in the biological lab, probably because it is an undercover agent from chemistry and only a rare biologist likes chemistry. […]

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A Beginners' Guide to Non-coding Sequence Alignment

There is no such thing as “junk” DNA Until recently, vast areas of the genome had been denounced as “junk” DNA, because they do not encode proteins. However, it has become clear that these […]

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Big Foot In Mouth Or Tongue In Cheek?! Sasquatch Sequenced.

“Bigfoot is real, according to genetic analysis.” That bold statement appears on the website of a new journal, the sole paper in which presents what it claims is a mitochondrial DNA match and gene […]

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The Etiquette of Approaching a Potential Supervisor

Whether you are looking for a PhD Studentship or your first postdoc position, identifying and approaching a potential mentor can be quite daunting and seem like a bit of a minefield. The following are […]

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The Cell: An Image Library-CCDB – Tutorial Part 3

This is the third in a continuing series of tutorials on getting the most from ‘The Cell: An Image Library-CCDB’. The first tutorial described setting up and using a free account and can be […]

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Top 10 Tips for Viva Success

The viva voce, or the defense, is the final hurdle in becoming a doctor (of philosophy of course). It is also often the most feared part of completing a PhD, fueled by horror stories […]

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When NOT to Wear a Lab Coat and Gloves: A Quick Guide to Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as your lab coat and gloves are an essential piece of kit when working in a laboratory; however, it is important to know when it is inappropriate to use […]

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