Quick Protocol: How to Work Safely and Effectively with a Biological Safety Cabinet / Culture Hood

Before using any Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC) for the first time, have a person with working knowledge of the machine give you an overview of how to use the cabinet. Different labs have different […]

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How Do YOU Image Your Western Blots?

The last step in western blotting is imaging the blot – this is the moment of truth, when you finally get to see the results of the experiment you’ve been working on for so […]

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3 Ways to Abuse Biological Safety Cabinets

As we learned in my previous article, cell culture hoods have many names. As if that wasn’t enough, they are all-too-often misunderstood and mistreated, which can lead to dangerous situations harmful for both the […]

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A Beginner's Guide to Haematoxylin and Eosin Staining

Once a tissue specimen has been processed by a histology lab, and transferred onto a glass slide, it needs to be appropriately stained for microscopic evaluation. This is because unstained tissue lacks contrast: all […]

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Biological Safety Cabinets and Culture Hoods: Know The Difference

Biological safety cabinets, laminar flow hoods, clean hoods and culture hoods are all common names for those essential pieces of equipment that you use in cell culturing. The terms are used inter-changeably, but in […]

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Book Review: Time, by Eva Hoffman

If there is one certainty in life, it is that time has always been there, and will always remain. But although it is a basic fact of our existence, most people don’t tend to […]

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5 Ways to Delay The Publication of Your Manuscript

Most scientists I know approach the publication process with fear and trembling: the endless discussions about what journal to submit to, the agonized consideration of impact factors, comparing the all-important “time to first decision”, […]

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How to Lyse Cells for Protein Extraction

The first step in most Western blotting experiments is lysing your cells to extract protein.  You need to break open your cells in order to be able to isolate the proteins, and you need […]

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How to Be The Lab Bastard

We all know them. You might even be one. The Lab Bastard is the one who considers himself (or herself!) superior to all other mere mortals in the lab. He would never degrade his […]

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Introducing the Microscopy and Imaging Channel: The Importance of Light Microscopy for Biomedical Research

Welcome to the BitesizeBio Microscopy and Imaging Channel! Every week we will be publishing articles revolving around the central topics of light microscopy and imaging. We will cover aspects such as the fixation of […]

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