Liam Thompson

A meandering journey through microbiology and wastewater treatment during my masters which removed any aversion I ever had against bad smells, and into the relatively stinkless molecular biology lab for my PhD where protein purification tormented me and made me ultimately move into bioinformatics. I’ve since lost the “bio”, and am working in informatics.

Articles by Liam Thompson

Pimp Your Plasmid Growth Medium

Pimp Your Plasmid Growth Medium

I often wonder why it is that molecular biology researchers stubbornly refuse to change 4o-year old methods that, while work, are not as good as newer, faster and cheaper methods out there. I suppose rational scientists often have irrational superstitions. One example of an old method that could be improved is the growth media used…

Recycle Those DNA Extraction Columns

Recycle Those DNA Extraction Columns

You know those ridiculously priced and throw-away DNA mini, midi and maxi-prep columns? Well the good news is that you can actually re-use them if you are reasonably careful at regenerating them, with this simple and cheap method described in detail by Nagadenahalli B. Siddappa in Biotechniques in 2007. Apparently these columns can be reused…