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Our 12 Favorite Science Podcasts

Whether you’re doing a quick Miniprep or labeling hundreds of PCR tubes, listening to science podcasts can help keep you sane, entertained, and informed! With so many podcasts out there, we’ve pulled together this list of twelve great options: 1. 60-Second Science (1 – 2 minutes, updated weekdays) This Scientific American podcast offers quick news about…

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Mysterious miRNAs: An Introduction to MicroRNAs

mRNA, miRNA, siRNA, tRNA, rRNA! Just what do all these RNAs do? Most biology graduates will have heard a good deal about mRNAs, tRNAs and rRNAs since these are vital players in protein synthesis. For siRNAs there has been a lot of focus within drug discovery and biomedical research over the last decade, but there…

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How to Manipulate Plasmid Copy Number

So far in this series, we have looked at origins of replication, we’ve discussed how plasmid replication is regulated in the popular pBR22 plasmid, and we’ve seen how a disturbance of this regulatory mechanism has given rise to the high-copy pUC18 plasmid. Are you ready for more plasmid talk?? If so, keep reading, as we…

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pUC18 – Probably the Best High-Copy plasmid in the World!

Today I would like to introduce you to pUC18, a plasmid most noted for its high copy number. In the first article in this series, we talked about how origins of replication (ori) control plasmid replication and copy number. To learn about this, we focused on the pBR22 ori and the role of Rop protein in…

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Article Series: E.coli Plasmid Origins of Replication: The Origin

The literature is bursting at the seams with information about plasmids, sequences, origins of replication and more, and it can be overwhelming to sift through everything (at least for me!) when all you want is to find out a simple fact about your plasmid of choice!! This series of 3 articles aims to take a…

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Analyzing Apoptosis – A Review of Analytical Techniques

Now that we’ve learned about the role of apoptosis in good health and disease, it will be useful to know how we can detect apoptosis in cells or organisms. A variety of apoptosis detection kits are commercially available, and here is a roundup of how they work: TUNEL and DNA damage assays The TUNEL assay…

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Apoptosis Gone Wrong: Cell Death’s Role in Disease

Like yin and yang, apoptosis has a duality.  While it is is a pathway used in the normal maintenance and development of tissues in healthy organisms it also had a dark side. As you can imagine, apoptosis is a tightly regulated process – controlled by the integration of multiple pro- and anti-apoptotic signals. Ultimately the induction…

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Life or Death? Apoptosis in Healthy Organisms

Everybody has to die at some point. But fortunately, the death of a cell does not mean the end of the organism, at least for us metazoans. Indeed, controlled cell death a.k.a apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is an integral part of the biology of all organisms, from nematodes on up. Apoptosis is central to…

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Ready to commercialise your research? Bioincubators are worth considering

Finding adequate sources of funding is the primary challenge of just about any startup company, and biotechnology is no different. In fact, the regulatory, scientific and logistical requirements of making a new drug or device could easily be the most challenging of any industry. In addition, the global recession of 2007-2009 (combined with austerity measures…

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Don’t Miss Bioconference Live…

It’s that time of year again…time for BioConference Live! The 6th Annual Life Sciences BioConference Live virtual event kicks off September 12-13, then will be available on-demand for three months following. This free online-only event will bring scientists from all around the world together exclusively online, to learn about the latest advances in life sciences and topics…

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Telling Time On Your Biological Clock

It is not uncommon for scientists to work irregular hours: starting very early in the morning to have all lab equipment for yourself, and/or continuing until late at night. Next to increased productivity (at least that’s what we think … read on!), what are the other consequences of screwing up your biological clock? Body rhythms…

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BioConference Live: a Free Online Conference for Life Scientists!

It’s that time again: BioConference Live is hosting its (free!) virtual life science conference next week. This two day, all-online event brings speakers on a huge variety of topics right to your desktop and is a great way to catch up with the latest and greatest in the life sciences without having to travel further…

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Around The Blogs

Around The Blogs is a continuing series where we bring you interesting stories – from biology to technology, and beyond. In this edition we have a brief update on how the recent US national budget agreement might affect science, an introduction to journal retractions, an important technological birthday, a poisonous rat and 3-D printing. The…

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Biotech Innovation Will Find a Way

I often find myself knee-deep in biotech industry reports, newsletters, industry journals, news, social media and analysis. Every communication piece and organization takes a slightly different angle on summing up the current state and future viability of our industry, but I find a common thread in each. Considerable Opportunity All parties tend to agree that…

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The Bitesize Bio Podcast, and More New Goodies

I just wanted to make a quick announcement to let you know about three new goodies we have just added to Bitesize Bio.  We have been trembling with excitement at the thought of releasing these (or maybe it was just the late night caffeine) — we hope that you will be just as excited! First…

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Free Online Bioconference, Astronaut Included

Back in November 2009, we told you about a ground-breaking new concept from the people at BioconferenceLive – a whole three day conference, complete with lobby, exhibitor booths and great presentations, held entirely online. Suzanne and I were  “there” (in a virtual sense), attending some of the talks and manning the Bitesize Bio booth, and…

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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…

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