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10 links: Free Mac Software for Molecular Biologists

I've put together this list of 10 pieces of free molecular biology software for Macs. I hope you will find at least some of it useful. If you any of your favorite free programs are not included, please e-mail...
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Easier Gene Cloning With Positive Selection Cloning Vectors

Isn't it a pain digesting, purifying and dephosphorylating your cloning vector prep to eliminate prevent high background in your ligation/transformation? A new generation of positive selection cloning vectors...
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Custom Gene Synthesis: A PCR alternative.

The past few years have seen the emergence of custom gene synthesis as a useful but expensive service available for molecular biologists. Recently, the number of companies offering custom gene synthesis has...
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Your own DNA sequence? Maybe soon.

The first DNA sequence of a diploid human genome from a single individual was published today in PLoS Biology. Unlike the human genome sequence released in 2001, which was a mixed sequence from several...
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Add notes to your PDF files with PDF-Skim

First of all, I should mention that this application is available for Mac users only, so sorry to all you PC users. PDF skim is a software application that allows you to add electronic notes onto PDF files. As...
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Baby’s first DNA model

I wouldn't normally expect to include an article on knitting in a molecular biology blog, but Kimberly Chapman's DNA model for babies is so cool (in a very geeky way) that I thought it deserved a mention. I'd...
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Better Pubmed Journal Searches

Ever get too many hits from your Pubmed searches? Using field tags allows you to generate more specific searches than keywords alone, saving you from trawling through hundreds of irrelevant articles. A...
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DNA replication, transcription and translation in action

While browsing you tube I came across this really nice animation of DNA replication, transcription and translation complete with imaginative sound effects. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ...
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Low cost DNA gel documentation

Equipment for photographing DNA gels stained with ethidium bromide (or other fluorescent dyes), doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars. These days, great pictures can be obtained with a standard digital...
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My favorite PCR polymerase

What do you get when you cross a Pyrococcus DNA polymerase with a dsDNA binding domain? ...a highly processive, high fidelity, lighting fast PCR work-horseThose Finnish wizards at Finnzymes have made that...
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