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A Facelift, Questions and World Class Seminars

A Facelift, Questions and World Class Seminars

We have been working furiously for the past 6 months to bring you a new, improved and dramatically upgraded Bitesize Bio. And now we are now ready to share.

So what’s in the new version?

The first thing you’ll notice is the facelift. But the new logo and colors are just the start. The site now has a number of sections:

Articles. This contains the blog posts that you have all been enjoying for the past couple of years. It is now really easy to navigate through our extensive archive of posts. We are having great fun becoming re-acquainted with articles we’d forgotten ages ago.

Questions. Now you can put your questions to the Bitesize Bio writers and community. Whether its about what went wrong in your latest experiment, how you should deal with your crazy boss or what you should do next in your career. Just fire away.

Seminars. This is the best part. We will be bringing live (and free) seminars from world experts, straight to your computer. Rather than individual research projects, these seminars will focus on techniques and vocational skills that will help you grow in your career.

The first seminar series, Getting The Most Our of PCR, starts on June 18th and we are delighted to announce that it will be kicked off by none other than Carl Wittwer, inventor of the LightCycler and SYBR Green qPCR and melting curve analysis. He also developed the hybridization probe technology which led to the first FDA-cleared genetic test (Factor VĀ  Leiden).

Products. Our ever expanding products section brings you news on the latest gear that can make your life easier in the lab. Browse away.

Store. Our store will be opening soon and will be packed with all sorts of cool stuff, including eBooks, t-shirts, recommended books and more. Our first eBook, Writing Your First Paper, by Jody Plank will available in the next week or two and will be free to members. Watch that space!

and finally, myBsB is a place where you can store your favorite articles on BsB, keep track of questions you have asked and answered and look out for what your friends have been up to on the site.

To access all areas, participate in the questions, sign up for seminars and get our free stuff, you’ll need to join the community.

PS: If you find any bugs, or anomalies, please feel free to contact our CTO, Daniel Pataki at the following email address: daniel [at-sign] bitesizebio [period] com

PPS: If you are using Internet Explorer 5 or 6 you will still see the old version of the site due to incompatibility issues. We will fix those VERY soon.


  1. Nick Oswald on May 24, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I also meant to say that the recorded version our first seminar from Carl Wittwer is now available: http://tinyurl.com/382e9t7

  2. Nick Oswald on May 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Hi Claretta,

    I’m glad you are enjoying the site. Sorry about the timing for those of you down-under. For now we will have to keep to USA/UK/EU timings as this is where the bulk of our audience is, but if our southern hemisphere audience continues to grow is it is doing then we could consider some different timings in the future (so please tell your friends about us! šŸ™‚ ).

    I agree with John that these live seminars are well worth staying or getting out of bed for, but there is always the recorded version if you can’t make it.

  3. John Mackay on May 24, 2010 at 3:34 am

    What would be worse Claretta? 2am or 4am? Its the latter for me in NZ – and I’m presenting the last one šŸ™‚
    That said, it was worth getting up to hear the 1st one by Carl Wittwer! Doing the same tomorrow as well

  4. Claretta D Souza on May 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Have always loved Bitesize Bio and the new site is just great. Really like the Questions section, and the opportunity to interact with people from the same field. Just one issue, I understand that the live seminars cannot be timed to suit everyone’s schedules, but I live in Australia and the current timings mean I need to stay up till 2 am to participate! Maybe the times can keep changing so everyone everywhere gets a chance to participate at least once in a while??

  5. Nick Oswald on May 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks epibio šŸ™‚ There are a lot more improvements to come — we are having fun making this an excellent site!!

  6. Ken Doyle on May 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Great update to the site, I look forward to exploring it in more detail.

  7. Matt Plantinga on May 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    @Suzanne: Overall, lunch time is probably ideal for something like this. I can have a hard time planning around midday events, but that could just be me šŸ™‚
    @Nick: šŸ™‚

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