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Kimberly Jasmer-McDonald

Kimberly gained her PhD in Biological Sciences from University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Faster PCR Optimization

Faster PCR Optimization

By Kimberly Jasmer-McDonald | December 15, 2016

So, you’ve designed PCR primers to amplify your sequence of interest, and you’re ready to go.  But unless you have a never-ending supply of template, polymerase, and a thermocycler with a gradient function—not to mention a hefty dose of time and patience—you probably don’t want to spend the next week finding the perfect conditions for…

how to get good cloning ratios

How to Fix Your Bad Cloning Ratios

By Kimberly Jasmer-McDonald | July 9, 2016

You open the incubator in the morning and to your dismay there are a hundred glorious colonies… on your vector-only control plate. While there are a number of potential causes, I’ll highlight a few of the more likely culprits and their solutions.

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