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jmcleod

From lipid raft signaling and stem cells to antibody engineering I have worked in a number of research fields across molecular biology and have had a play with most techniques. I now work as a freelance science writer and editor, for a number of people including Avacta Life Sciences and Edanz editing.

Articles by jmcleod:

Extracting Better Ubiquitin Data from Your Samples: Beyond the Cellular Skip

The ubiquitin-proteasome system was discovered at the start of the 1980s, and people have been studying it ever since. Initially, researchers thought that tagging a protein with ubiquitin was the cell’s signal for the protein to be scrapped via the proteasome. But more research has shown that, as with all biology, once you’re up close and…

14 Feb 2017 Protein Expression & Analysis

How to Scrutinize Your Glycosylated Proteins Without Using Glycosidases

You might have come across protein glycosylation before. Somewhere in the recesses of your memory you might even recall reading something about the protein you’re studying being glycosylated, but what does this mean and how do you analyze it? Glycosylated proteins are molecules decorated with sugar groups as they pass through the ER and Golgi…

10 Jan 2017 Protein Expression & Analysis

How to Cherry Pick Your Primary Antibody

How do you pick which antibody you should use in your assay? If you’re starting a new assay and need an antibody for the job, then selecting a new antibody from the plethora available could be high up on your to-do list.

11 Oct 2016 Protein Expression & Analysis

Introducing Aptamers for Super Resolution Microscopy

What do you use if antibodies are too large for super resolution microscopy? Aptamers. These are small affinity reagents (~ 2 nm!) that interact with their target in the same way as an antibody, but without the hefty backbone attached.

09 Jul 2016 Microscopy & Imaging