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What the HEK? A Beginner’s Guide to HEK293 Cells 

If you’re at all familiar with cell culture, you’ve probably heard of HEK293 cells. HEK293 cells are one of the most commonly used cell lines in laboratories across the globe. But what are they? Why should you use them? And what does the ‘293’ mean? Are HEK293T cells the same thing? Read on for answers…

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How SDS-PAGE Works

Knowing how SDS-PAGE works means that you can troubleshoot any issues in your experiment and tweak the setup to get publication-worthy figures. Find out how it works here.

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Getting Started with Immunohistochemistry

Immunohistochemistry isn’t just a useful clinical tool, it also has great applications as a basic research tool. We’ll walk you through the immunohistochemistry basics to get you off to a flying start.

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Lab Basics: How Alkaline Lysis Works

Alkaline lysis for plasmid isolation? That’s like the ABCs in a molecular biology lab. Read this detailed article to understand the process behind this common technique.

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Get a Grip: Dealing with Sweaty Glove Hands

Using gloves in the lab is necessary for safety but can result in the dreaded “sweaty glove hands”. Read our top tips on how to banish those sweaty palms for good (or for at least as long as it takes to do your experiment)!

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Choosing The Right Blood Collection Tubes

Selecting the right blood collection tubes for your experiment is cruical if you don’t want to fall at the first hurdle. What tubes do you use for which type of blood sample? Read on to find out more.

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Optimal Conditions for Live-Cell Imaging

Live-cell imaging can bring a lot of clarity to cellular processes, but keeping your cells happy can be tricky. Read on to learn about 4 key parameters for achieving optimal conditions for live-cell imaging.

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What is PCR? The Beginner’s Guide

If you need to copy, sequence, or quantify DNA, you need to know about PCR. Read our guide to the PCR process, and discover tips to help you avoid the most common PCR pitfalls.

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