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14 of the Funniest Fruit Fly Gene Names

Need a laugh? Check out our favorite Drosophila gene names.

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How To Calculate The Number Of Molecules In Any Piece of DNA

Messing up the initial calculations in your experiment is setting yourself up for failure. Here is a quick refresh on calculating the number of molecules in any DNA sample.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Designing qPCR Primers

qPCR primer design is a bit of science, a bit of magic, and a little bit of luck. Here’s the science to help you design the best primers for your experiments.

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How to Identify Supercoils, Nicks and Circles in DNA Plasmid Preps

Why do you get three bands when running uncut plasmid DNA on agarose gels. Discover the answer and how it can help improve your DNA plasmid preps.

Image of a colorful spring toy depicting coils in DNA plasmid preps to help undertand why you get 3 bands when running plasmid DNA on agarose gels
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Which Type of Ethanol Should I Use?

Want to know more about ethanol grades commonly used in the lab? We help you make sense of your flammables cabinet with our rundown of the ethanol grades typically used in molecular biology, as well as some important rules for how to use them correctly.

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CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Discover the pros and cons of CRISPR as a genome-editing tool in your research.

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