How To Train Yourself to Measure OD600 by Eye

I once knew a postdoc who was absurdly accurate at guessing the optical density of microbial cultures. I was jealous – imagine how much time I would save if I could spec my cultures […]

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How to Alienate Your Readers

There’s no doubt that one of the best ways to improve your written communication skills is to read widely. And I’m not just talking broadsheets or the odd Bill Bryson novel; you can actually […]

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5 Ways to Destroy Your Yeast Transformation

Transforming yeast with DNA is a very similar process to transforming E. coli, but with just enough differences to trip you up if you let your attention slip.  Whether you’re doing a yeast two-hybrid […]

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Tell Good Stories About Yourself To Get The Job

In our recent webinar on 10 Tips to Maximize Your Job Hunt Success, career development author and guru, Peter Fiske give an excellent tip on acing interviews that I’d like to highlight. Peter’s assertion […]

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Careers for Scientists – Research Technician

One of Bitesize Bio’s regular readers asked me to interview people in jobs that don’t necessarily require a PhD.  So, today I’m talking to Angela Briski who’s a research technician and currently working in […]

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Three Approaches to Site-directed Mutagenesis

Site-directed mutagenesis studies can be extremely useful for elucidating the function of a gene or protein, or for creating variants of an enzyme with new and improved functions. There are now many approaches available […]

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Ask a Chemist: How Colorimetric Assays Work

One of my colleagues, a very good molecular biologist, told me that the only time she uses chemistry is when she needs to calculate molarities. I, of course, scoffed at this statement, and tried […]

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How To Kill Your Interview Chances Stone Dead

You know the old adage; it’s not what you say, but how you say it. This does not apply to interviews! What you say is extremely important; every word choice and every sentence choice can […]

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Introduction to DNA Microarrays

This is the first installment in the DNA microarray series where I will introduce the technology and explain the basics.

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Clean-up or Fraud? How to Avoid Photoshopping Your Way Into Disgrace

Thanks to the power of digital imaging software, faking data is a lot easier than doing real science. Clearly the honest majority of us would never deliberately distort the scientific record, but is it […]

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