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Enzyme Commission (EC) Numbers

In the early 1950's so many new enzymes were being discovered in the burgeoning field of biochemistry that enzyme nomenclature was in danger of getting out of hand. With no guidelines on how to name enzymes,...
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Please, don’t take Bitesize Bio “on Faith”

Science is an endlessly fascinating, challenging, and intellectually-satisfying endeavor. So it saddens me any time that I see someone mistakingly make claims about taking science on faith. This isn't the...
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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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The Biased Choices of Cells

Here's one of my favorite journal articles from the past year - an elegant study by Natalie Andrew and Robert Insall published in Nature Cell Biology: Chemotaxis in shallow gradients is mediated independently...
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Ribosomal Paralogs not Redundant Afterall

In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, 59 of the 79 cytoplasmic ribosomal proteins are encoded by two genes, stemming from an ancient genome duplication event. Komili et al. (2007) now report that these...
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Newborn Screening. Saving Lives the Molecular Way

As a product manager, one of my responsibilities is to exhibit at various scientific conferences to promote and advertise products for genomic DNA extraction. Less than three months into the job, I attended the...
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Around the Blogs

A few articles from around the blogosphere, relating to the molecular biology of the cell and the conduct of science. Confocal Image of Cochlea Wins Art Prize - Stunning micrography! Microbial Sociology -...
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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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The Best of: Tech Tips

Bitesize Bio has gained a lot of new readers over the past few months so I thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the articles newer readers may have missed. I'll do this periodically to make sure...
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Free, Publication Quality Plasmid Annotation

I just came across an extremely nice piece of plasmid mapping and annotation software that I'd like to share with you. PlasMapper is a web-based application, created by staff from the University of Alberta,...
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