Judith R. Brouwer

I’ve spent my pipetting days working on trinucleotide repeat disorders, and diving into the fascinating field of epigenetics. Long before I could write, I remember making write-like movements, convinced this was valuable exercise… I now combine these activities by writing about science.

Articles by Judith R. Brouwer:

Book Review: Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre

With a subtitle that says ‘How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients’ you’re hardly expecting a comedy. Shockingly: on page 5 Ben Goldacre already dissolves all hopes that it might not be as bad as the title suggests, by saying: ‘… it is so deep-rooted that even if we fixed it today – right…

28 Aug 2013 Science Communication & Ethics

Book review: D.T. Max: The family that couldn’t sleep: a medical mystery

Imagine: you are an average middle-aged relatively healthy person. One day you start sweating. When you look at yourself in the mirror you see that your pupils have shrunk to pinpricks. You have noticed some constipation and the impotence is new to you as well (if you are a man, that is. If you are…

05 Aug 2013 Inspiring & Thought Provoking

Scientists: Can any of us REALLY multi-task?

Unlike Nick Oswald I think I can multitask in the lab. If I organize my day efficiently and perform lots of experiments and other tasks in parallel, I get more done. But there is a school of thought – the one described in Nick’s article – that says no-one can really multitask, that our brains…

25 Mar 2013 Personal Development

Why do relatively few women rise to the top in academia?

Fact: The vast majority of professors are male. By the time you reach the top of the ladder, only roughly 20% of professors are female In most European countries and in quite a few countries the figure lingers around a depressing 15%. Biosciences are no exception. The balance is being redressed but only very slowly.…

08 Feb 2013 Career Development & Networking

How to Screen for CpG Methylation by Methylation Specific PCR

In a recent article, I gave some tips about how to obtain good results with sequencing DNA after bisulfite conversion (it contains some tips that apply to the approach described in this article, too). Bisulfite sequencing is a very useful technique if you want to know the methylation status of every CpG in your genomic…

30 Jan 2013 PCR, qPCR and qRT-PCR
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