Getting in the Flow: Online Resources for Flow Cytometry

You are sitting in a seminar when you glimpse it:  the figure that beats all other figures -  a beautiful contour plot – and you realise that a similar figure is what you need […]

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10 Favorite Online Tools for Molecular Biology

What did we do before the internet? And where would we be without handy online molecular biology tools? Apparently in the ‘olden days’ doing a simple gene or protein alignment required programs that used […]

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Digital PCR or Quantitative Real-Time PCR: Which method is best for your quantitative PCR application?

So you’re designing a new experiment that requires PCR quantification. You used to have only one method to choose from, but now you have two – Quantitative Real-Time PCR (qPCR) and Digital PCR (dPCR). […]

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Ready to commercialise your research? Bioincubators are worth considering

Finding adequate sources of funding is the primary challenge of just about any startup company, and biotechnology is no different. In fact, the regulatory, scientific and logistical requirements of making a new drug or […]

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An Objective View: What do These Abbreviations Mean on Microscope Objectives?

In one of the previous articles from the Microscopy and Imaging Channel, we took a look at ‘that other number’ which you’ll find on a microscope objective: namely numerical aperture. The information you’ll find […]

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How Irish Scientists Changed the World by Seán Duke

I have to be honest, I am Irish and I am a Scientist, so I guess I am a bit biased in reviewing this book. Biases notwithstanding, this is a fascinating book. How Irish […]

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What is Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy?

Fluorescent microscopy not only makes our images look good, it also allows us to gain a better understanding of cells, structures and tissue. With confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) we can find out even […]

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Introducing CyTOF: Cytometry of the Masses

Flow cytometry remains unparalleled as a single-cell analysis technology.  The ability to analyze 14 or more fluorescent parameters on a million cells or more allows for detailed understanding of complex biological processes. One limitation […]

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An Easy Way to Start Using R in Your Research: Exploratory Data Analysis

As you’ve probably kind of guessed from our previous articles Introducng R and the Basic R Tutorial, we think R programming language and R-studio are great tools for data analysis and figure production.  And […]

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Western Blot, ELISA or PCR; which technique should I use?

A pretty standard experiment in a molecular biology laboratory is where a scientist stimulates some cells/tissue with a stimulus of interest i.e. cytokine. They can then analyse the cellular response to the external stimulus and […]

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