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The Challenge of the Two-Body Problem

This is a rather personal post for me, as I'm getting set to follow my wife abroad, while still seeking a research or lecturing position of some kind, whatever may happen. The situation is sometimes known in...
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10 Simple Rules For Doing Your Best Research

Last month, Thomas C. Erren and colleagues published an editorial in PLoS Computational Biology entitled 10 simple rules for doing your best research, according to Hamming. The article provides some great...
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Get Involved With Bitesize Bio

We'd like to invite you, our wonderful, talented readers to get more involved with this blog. Here's a few ways you can do so: Suggest a topic you'd like us to write an article on (click here to do this) ...
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Choosing a Post Doc Position

After all that hard work, you finally have your PhD. Now what? If your career choice is academic research, your first post-doc position beckons. The choice of where, and with whom, to take up a post-doc...
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Rookie Researcher Disasters

Wide eyed and wet behind the ears, the rookie researcher steps into the lab for the first time. Armed with several years' knowledge mined from text books, lectures and undergrad labs he feels ready to take his...
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What to Look for in a Good Mentor

For every half-way decent mentor or adviser that an aspiring scientist comes across, it sometimes seems as though there is another lurking, who is simply a jerk*. Let's face it - scientists aren't...
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Time to Think

Spare a thought for your poor over-worked neurons. In the information age, they are bombarded with input from the moment they are dragged into consciousness by the radio alarm clock each morning then throughout...
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How to: Keep your data organized

Talented, enthusiastic scientist required. Must have good organizational skills. Do you fit the bill? With the pace of molecular biology and biochemical research quickening year on year, the importance of...
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You Know You’ve Been In the Lab Too Long When…

This has been doing the rounds all over the web, so I thought I'd post my 10 favorites. You know you've worked in the lab too long when... You wash your hands before you go to the toilet You tell your...
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Ethidium Bromide: A Reality Check

The hysteria among molecular biologists about our old friend ethidium bromide has long been an irritation to me. Researchers are rightly wary of this potential carcinogen. More recently this wariness has been...
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