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Laura Grassie

Laura received her PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Dundee before moving into the world of scientific publishing. She has previously worked as an Assistant Editor for the journal Genome Biology and has had various roles in scientific publishing. She is now a Managing Editor at Bitesize Bio.

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Apples and oranges to show different datasets when comparing two sets of data

Let’s Talk About Stats: Methods for Comparing Two Sets of Data

By Laura Grassie | March 16, 2023

Researchers must show the statistical accuracy, validity, and significance of their data. So here are two ways to compare two sets of data.

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10 Common PPE Sins

By Laura Grassie | December 12, 2022

Laboratories brim with nasty chemicals and bugs. PPE protects you from them, but only if you don’t commit any of these PPE sins!

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Understanding Cell Passage Number and How to Calculate it for Cell Cultures

By Laura Grassie | October 31, 2022

Not sure what we mean by cell passage number? Confused about how to calculate it? Wondering if there is a maximum number? We explain it all.

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Useful Tips to Keep on Top of New Literature

By Laura Grassie | October 29, 2021

Keeping track of new literature can be a time-consuming process. Here are some helpful hints and tips to help you keep up to date.

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10 Tips For Organizing Your Lab Book

By Laura Grassie | February 2, 2021

It’s easy to let organizing your lab book slide down your list of priorities. Read our guide to easy ways to keep your lab book up to date and organized.

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Top 10 Tips for Viva Success

By Laura Grassie | September 24, 2020

Thesis defenses are supposed to be grueling, horrific affairs that you fear for weeks beforehand, right? What if there was a way to get through your thesis without tears, torture, and perhaps even enjoy it?

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What is a DOI and Why Should You Care?

By Laura Grassie | April 21, 2020

DOIs got you confused? Find out what they are and how to use them.

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10 Ideas for Researchers Working from Home

By Laura Grassie | March 23, 2020

Working from home but don’t have a garage lab? We’ve got 10 ideas to keep you productive while you’re working away from the bench.

Tips for Choosing Your Lab Notebook Pen (and Why You Need to Choose Carefully)

Tips for Choosing Your Lab Notebook Pen (and Why You Need to Choose Carefully)

By Laura Grassie | August 22, 2019

Keeping a meticulous lab record of your experiments is a necessity. And it’s drilled into us to back up our computers, including backups stored in different locations to ensure vital records don’t get lost. But how do we protect the hard copy information in our lab books? You may not have given much thought previously…

Genomic Analysis of Single Cells: The Benefits of Being Single

Genomic Analysis of Single Cells: The Benefits of Being Single

By Laura Grassie | April 13, 2015

You don’t need to be told about how next generation sequencing technologies have revolutionized the way we study the genome and the epigenome. Whether you want to look at transcription (RNA-seq), translation (Ribo-seq) genomes (DNA-seq), interactions of proteins and DNA (ChIP-Seq) or to study epigenetic features such as methylation (whole genome bilsulfite sequencing) there are…

Common Sins When Publishing Your Paper

Common Sins When Publishing Your Paper

By Laura Grassie | February 4, 2015

When it comes to publishing your paper you want to show the world what excellent research you’ve worked so hard to produce. Part of that is providing enough detail so that others can reproduce your work and take it further. There are certain details you need to include in your paper; many, but not all…

Get Great Yields by Optimizing Your Bacterial Cultures

Get Great Yields by Optimizing Your Bacterial Cultures

By Laura Grassie | January 19, 2015

Bacterial cultures may be much easier to grow than mammalian cells, but if your yields are suboptimal there are plenty of parameters to play with. Here we list a few of the things you should consider to maximize your culture growth. Shaking speed Shaking is performed to allow aeration of your culture, which is of…

Common New Year's Resolutions for Scientists (and how to keep them) 

Common New Year’s Resolutions for Scientists (and how to keep them) 

By Laura Grassie | January 1, 2015

A new year means new resolutions and a chance to improve ourselves. All too often, however, these changes last only a few weeks before we slip back into old ways. Why not make 2015 different and make a change that sticks? These changes don’t have to be huge, and often it’s the small changes that…

Common Myths of Copyright

Common Myths of Copyright

By Laura Grassie | November 17, 2014

Copyright is something that a lot of scientists only give a passing thought to. However, this is something that affects us all. If you publish your work, then you need to understand copyright, the different types of copyright, the difference between open access and copyright and what you can and cannot do under different copyright…

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words - Making Diagrams Simple

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words – Making Diagrams Simple

By Laura Grassie | April 2, 2014

Figures play a central role in science not just as a way of displaying results, although this is obviously important, but also as a way of getting across complicated theories and processes in a relatively simple and direct manner.  I’m a firm believe in the power of putting ideas into diagrams and spent a considerable…

Let’s Talk About Stats: Getting the Most out of your Multiple Datasets with Post-hoc Testing

Let’s Talk About Stats: Getting the Most out of your Multiple Datasets with Post-hoc Testing

By Laura Grassie | March 20, 2014

So you’ve performed a test such as an ANOVA and have found that there is statistical significance in your data (lucky you!), however you now want to know where that significance lies. When you are comparing multiple sets of data it might seem like a logical thought to simply perform an individual t-test between each…

Let's Talk About Stats: Comparing Multiple Datasets

Let’s Talk About Stats: Comparing Multiple Datasets

By Laura Grassie | March 12, 2014

Last week I focused on the left-hand side of this diagram and talked about statistical tests for comparing only two datasets.  Unfortunately, many experiments are more complicated and have three or more datasets.  Different statistical tests are used for comparing multiple data sets. Today I will focus on the right side of the diagram and…

Let's Talk About Stats: Understanding the Lingo

Let’s Talk About Stats: Understanding the Lingo

By Laura Grassie | February 26, 2014

The first hurdle in learning about statistics is the language.  It’s terrible to be reading about a particular statistical test and have to be looking up the meaning of every third word. The type of data you have, the number of measurements, the range of your data values and how your data cluster are all…

Avoiding Plagiarism in Science

Avoiding Plagiarism in Science

By Laura Grassie | February 12, 2014

I remember when I first learned about plagiarism during my undergraduate course. The lecturers were so firm in telling us that if we got caught plagiarizing we would face serious repercussions and that all our work, especially our dissertations, would be vigorously checked by plagiarism detecting software. I was so panicked that I would inadvertently…

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The Ten Lab Commandments: Or the Guide to a Happy Lab

By Laura Grassie | December 30, 2013

This guide is full of very simple but effective tips so you can have a pleasant lab experience, and help create a happy lab.

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A Guide for Solving Your Lab Math Problems

By Laura Grassie | December 16, 2013

Math is an important part of lab life, from making solutions to calculating protein concentrations, and miscalculations can cause mayhem for your experiments. Therefore it is important that your math is right, or you could spend weeks trying to figure out what’s going wrong in your experiments. I was hopeless at remembering how to do…

Conrad Waddington and his epigenetic landscape

Conrad Waddington and his epigenetic landscape

By Laura Grassie | November 4, 2013

I was first introduced to Conrad Waddington’s epigenetic landscape when reading ‘The epigenetic revolution’, a fantastic introduction to epigenetics, and in my opinion, a must read for anyone who is looking for an entertaining and enjoyable introduction to this fascinating field. In his model, Waddington likens the process of cellular differentiation to a marble, which…

Reference Managers for Scientists represented by ladders against piles of books.

How To Get Organized With Reference Managers for Science – An Overview

By Laura Grassie | April 24, 2013

Check out our rundown of the key features of the most popular reference managers to work out which one will be best for you and your research.

The Beginner's Guide to LaTeX

The Beginner’s Guide to LaTeX

By Laura Grassie | December 5, 2012

For those of you who read the previous post about LaTeX and are interested in giving it a go, but just don’t know where to start, this article should get you on your feet. I used LaTeX to write my thesis and was (mostly) self taught, so I know how scary it is to begin…

How to Reduce Antibody Contamination When Western Blotting Co-IPs

How to Reduce Antibody Contamination When Western Blotting Co-IPs

By Laura Grassie | September 24, 2012

Co-immunoprecipitation is a method used to detect protein-protein interactions. While it can be wonderful when it works, there are many problems associated with this technique. One of the biggest problems that I have faced when using this method is contamination by the light and heavy chains of my precipitating antibody when performing western blots of…

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