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Aptamer-DNA Chimeras

One of the neat tools in molecular biology is the ability to recombine parts of two proteins to create fusion or chimeras. They're often extremely useful for simple experiments, some of the time for targeting...
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Gene Genie #20

Here at Bitesize Bio we are very proud to have the chance to host our first ever blog carnival. Gene Genie brings together blog articles from an array of perspectives within the area of human genes, genetics...
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Genes Linking Aging and Cancer

This month's Nature Genetics has an article introduced with the catchy title Aging and cancer: killing two birds with one worm. That's referring to using C. elegans as a model organism, of course, due to its...
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Around the Blogs

Here's my round-up of the best from around the blogs this week: Rosie Redfield provided a three great articles (1, 2, 3) delving into the molecular biology of competence and DNA uptake in H. influenzae and...
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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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Online Data and Project Management

During a research project, how do you record your data, conclusions and the samples you produce? What about ideas, insights and thought-trains? It would be very useful to have a good system to easily store all...
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Population Genetics Mechanisms on a Genomic Scale

Three papers from UC Davis have appeared on the PLoS journals in the past few days that bring together population genetics and genomic sequencing to address questions of importance to evolutionary biology. ...
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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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Error Bars in Biology

....statistics. The very word strikes fear into the heart of many a biologist (including me). In an article published earlier this year, Cumming and co-workers of La Trobe University, Melbourne gave a very...
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