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New England Biolabs Reports Significant Process Improvements Using IDT’s gBlocks™

The latest issue of Integrated DNA Technologies’ (IDT’s) DECODED newsletter highlights how New England Biolabs (NEB) researchers were able to expedite the cloning of a 2.1 kb gene into a linearized...
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Book Review: At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator, by Kathy Barker

Starting a PhD, or even a summer scholarship, in a laboratory can be a daunting experience. Moving from carrying out experiments in the comfort of a teaching lab to working in a research laboratory is quite the...
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How Do Buffers Work?

A former colleague and friend of mine worked in technical support, taking calls from scientists. Most of the calls came from life science researchers frustrated by failed experiments. My friend would listen for...
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How to Measure Protein Concentration More Accurately

When working with proteins, one key part of any good assay is accurately determining how much protein you have.  Accurate quantification is obvious important if, for example, you’re trying to determine a...
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New Economy Bottles for Laboratory Use

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced new Thermo Scientific Nalgene Economy Bottles. These lightweight, cost-effective bottles are the quality choice for light-duty...
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How To Make Fewer Mistakes In The Lab

How often do you make errors in the lab that ruin a good experiment? Rather than flaws in experimental design, I mean errors like forgetting to add a reagent, pipetting the wrong amount or following a protocol...
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The Nature of Scientific Observation

Currently I’m reading Alan Chalmers’ What is this thing called science?, with specific interest in the questions of expertise and the uniqueness of science as a foundation for knowledge.
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The Price of PBS These Days!

What's more expensive, gas (petrol) or PBS? Here's a comparison between what you are paying for reagents and what you are paying at the pump.
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How to Make Accurate Stock Solutions

Biology researchers have a bad habit of doing accurate assays using semi-accurate tools. Here are some suggestions on how to sharpen up the accuracy of your assays.
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How Accurate are Your Pipettes?

You probably use and rely them more than any other tool in the lab, but just how accurate are your pipettes?
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