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How Bitesize Bio Gets Progressive Companies to Help You, the Working Scientist

Abstract: Whether it's equipment costing hundreds of thousands of dollars and requiring millions of dollars in R&D investments or standardized kits that relieve you of tedious grunt work day in and day...
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Brushing Up On Your Excel Skills: Part Two

Last time we brushed up on cell referencing and constructing formulae to use Excel for some basic and some slightly more advanced calculations. This time we’re going to move on to using some built-in Excel...
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Brushing Up On Your Excel Skills: Part One

Microsoft Excel can be a really powerful, useful tool for certain kinds of data processing and record keeping, and the chances are you probably don’t even know how to use half of the functions it comes with!...
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My 10 Favorite R Packages and the Cool Things You Can Do with Them

One of the best parts of R is how extensible it is. Over the years, the community has put together hundreds (thousands?) of amazing packages to make your workflow easier. The downside of this wealth is that it...
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An Essential Toolbox for qPCR Users

Today, PCR is as common a feature to the lab as pipettes and beakers. The majority of us regularly need to amplify our DNA or RNA samples, sometimes for an ‘everyday’ PCR run just to check if our primers...
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Using Word to Write Your Thesis: Miscellaneous Bits and Bobs

To round off my series of articles on thesis writing, I’d like to finish with a few final Word tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way – it’s probably not fair to call most of these...
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Using Word to Write your Thesis: Creating a Master Document

Wow – your thesis is really coming along. First, you created an outline to help you organize your chapters. Second, you made a Table of Contents and learned how to insert captions and how to cross-reference...
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Using Word to Write your Thesis: Making a Table of Contents, Inserting Captions, and Cross-referencing

In the last post I showed you how to make an outline for your thesis in Word. You should now have a document outline with a list of headings for your sections (maybe even a few sections filled in if you were...
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Using Word to Write your Thesis: Creating an Outline

When I started the third year of my PhD, I was advised to attend a course to learn to how to use Microsoft Word properly before I started writing. I laughed! Of course I knew how to use Word! Why on earth...
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The 9 Online Calculators You Need to Know About

When you think of a “calculator”, you probably think of the plastic gadget in your lab desk drawer or an app that came with your phone. But there are so many helpful calculators online that do a lot more...
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