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Immunohistochemistry: Getting The Stain You Want

Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a vital tool, not just at your wet bench but also in clinical labs the world over. IHC is used extensively in hospitals and veterinary practices in grading and studying cancers, and the results may determine what treatment a patient gets – including the controversial Herceptin! But it’s also pretty useful in […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 20th of July, 2016
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How To Make Your Own ECL

ECL can be an expensive reagent in a lab, and what with it being involved in the final stage of a western blot, it’s something you don’t want to have to worry about too much. During my PhD, I was struggling with my western blots for ages – it seemed I was doing everything right, […]

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Scientists Work Too Much – Is this Bad for Science?

In my time in the lab, I came across people with lots of different work ethics. The lazy scientists, the let-everybody-else-do-all-the-hard-work-for-me scientists, the strictly-nine-to-five scientists, the nocturnal scientists, the always-on-holiday scientists and, of course, the workaholic scientists. Science is no easy trade. It’s time consuming, and the pressure to get results can be huge. It’s […]

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In Personal Development 21st of November, 2012
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Top Ten Tips for Making Stock Solutions

Having to make stock solutions is a part of everyday lab life…a tedious, but necessary, one. So why not make the process as streamlined as possible? Here are a few little tricks I picked up while I was still in the lab: Check to see if anybody has a tried and tested recipe – why […]

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In Basic Lab Skills & Know-how 12th of November, 2012
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Book Review: “The Demon in the Freezer”, by Richard Preston

Before reading “The Demon in the Freezer”, I was rather ignorant about bioterrorism. The only instance of it that sprung to mind was the anthrax attacks on the United States shortly after 9/11. After reading Richard Preston’s book, I wish I was still as ignorant as I once was! Allow me to explain. Preston’s book […]

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In Inspiring & Thought Provoking 2nd of November, 2012
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Advice To An Earlier Me, On The Occasion Of My Graduation

I recently had my PhD viva (that’s a thesis defense, to those of you in the US, and it was successful – yay!), and one of the questions my examiners brought up was: “if you could go back and do things differently, what would they be?”. Obviously they were thinking more about what different reagents, […]

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In Career Development & Networking 12th of September, 2012
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Book Review: the PhD Comics Strip Collection series

Everyone who’s doing a PhD knows the emotional turmoil you go through. Who among us hasn’t felt the following?: a)     Anxiety? b)     Depression? c)     An inability to relax? d)     Frustration at your equipment/experiments/supervisor/idiot student you’re mentoring who used up all the expensive antibody? e)     All of the above… f)      …and more? Well I certainly felt […]

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In Fun Stuff 8th of August, 2012
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How To Make Your Own ECL

ECL can be an expensive reagent in a lab, and what with it being involved in the final stage of a western blot, it’s something you don’t want to have to worry about too much. During my PhD, I was struggling with my western blots for ages – it seemed I was doing everything right, […]

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In Protein Expression & Analysis 29th of June, 2012
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How to Care for Your pH Meter

Is there anything more tedious than pH-ing a solution? Standing there adjusting the pH of your buffer, adding acid or alkali drop by drop until you get to the right pH… With pH-ing being so boring, it’s in our best interests to keep the equipment in good working order so that we needn’t fuss over […]

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In Equipment Mastery & Hacks 18th of May, 2012
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How to Survive a Poster Session

Poster sessions can be your best friend, or your worst nightmare; it all comes down to how well you’ve prepared.  In this article, I’ll discuss how to present your data in poster form, what to look out for at a poster session, and how to make the most out of a poster session…in short, how […]

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