What Is Open Access Anyway?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that free cheese exists only in a mousetrap, and even there it’s free only to the end user. So it’s no wonder that the traditional system of most […]

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Did Your Parents Teach You Good Manners?

Please. Thank you. Don't talk with food in your mouth. Parents all over the world work every day to instill the right types of manners in their children. We all know we should say […]

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Book Review: ‘The Selfish Gene’, by Richard Dawkins

A few popular science books rise above the genre and become pop-stars of the book world – bestsellers. Even fewer among them change public discourse and, finally, culture. The Selfish Gene (TSG) by Richard […]

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Looking Forward to a New Year in the Lab

A new year has arrived! After the ordeal of Christmas lunches and pretending that you liked that photo frame made from seashells, it is time to return to the lab and get ready for […]

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What is Alternative Splicing, and Why is it Important?

Genetic information of an organism is stored in the genes, the functional subunits of the genome, arranged in the strands of the DNA double helix in the nucleus. This information is transcribed from DNA […]

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Book Review: "The Social Conquest of Earth", by E.O. Wilson

E.O. Wilson is a biologist who has authored many titles, ranging from accounts of his personal field research on ant colonies to general titles on evolutionary biology and biodiversity. I picked up the “The […]

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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Bitesize Bio have a; -Happy Holiday -Merry Christmas -Cool Yule * (* delete as appropriate) Or, if you don't celebrate this season in your country, have a productive day […]

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Best Practice for Cataloging Your Samples

The correct documentation and storage of your laboratory samples may be a tedious process, but it will make your life a lot easier in the long run. The last thing any scientist wants when […]

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We Learn a Wee Bit More about Proteins—from Wii

About thirteen years ago, a group of science journalists gathered in a darkened lab at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The lights went off, and the participants took turns donning a clunky helmet with […]

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Starry starry night? No, Warthin-Starry Stain!

Continuing in our series, the Warthin-Starry (WS) stain is another type of special stain often in the histology lab to detect certain types of organisms. Why Use Warthin-Starry? Some Gram-negative organisms do not stain […]

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