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Patrick Miller-Rhodes

Patrick has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. He is a Science Marketing Writer.

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Articles by Patrick Miller-Rhodes

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Multiplex CRISPR Gene Editing: What You Need to Know

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | May 27, 2021

If you need a multi-gene knockout or large-scale genomic modification, or want reduced off-target effects, then multiplex CRISPR is for you!

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Microglial Cell Lines: The Ultimate Guide to Selection

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | September 2, 2020

Are needing to choose a microglial cell line? Want to ensure you are currently using the right one for your needs? Discover the different options available and how to choose.

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What Does “N” Mean When Using Cell Lines?

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | July 7, 2020

If you’re confused about what N numbers mean for cell lines, you’re not alone. We explain it all and give you a guide on best practice.

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Five Ways to Modify Your siRNA for Improved RNAi 

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | June 4, 2020

Want to increase siRNA stability and efficiency? Read on to learn five chemical modifications that will help.

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How to Publish Negative Results (And Everything Else in Your Lab Notebook) 

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | May 28, 2020

Get your data out here! Learn about several venues that publish solid data, even if they don’t support your hypothesis or tell a story.

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How CRISPR Can Be Used to Detect Emerging Viral Pathogens

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | May 19, 2020

Discover two CRISPR-based viral diagnostic strategies, DETECTR and SHERLOCK.

CRISPR Nucleases: The Ultimate Guide To Selection

CRISPR Nucleases: The Ultimate Guide To Selection

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | February 4, 2020

Confused about CRISPR nucleases? Read this guide to discover the various CRISPR nucleases available and what they are best suited for.

CRISPR Multiplexing Strategies: What’s The Choice?

CRISPR Multiplexing Strategies: What’s The Choice?

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | January 28, 2020

Although multiplex CRISPR gene editing can be accomplished by simply introducing more than one gRNA to your target cells, there are many alternative — and more efficient — ways of achieving this goal. This article discusses these alternative CRISPR multiplexing strategies and highlights their potential caveats. Not sure whether multiplex CRISPR gene editing is right…

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Faster Ligations: PEGing down the Secret

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | November 27, 2019

Overnight ligations are inconvenient — especially when they fail. Luckily, there’s a straightforward way to faster DNA ligations. This article highlights the secret ingredient to faster ligation reactions and offers some tips and caveats on its use. For a general overview of DNA ligations, see here and here. Buy a Quick Ligation Kit The most…

How to Prevent False Results in Colony PCR

How to Prevent False Results in Colony PCR

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | October 17, 2019

How to Prevent False Results in Colony PCR Colony PCR saves time and reduces costs by eliminating the need for plasmid purification. However, confounding results abound — but only if you fail to anticipate them. This article outlines the major perpetrators of false results and how to prevent them. For a more general overview of…

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CRISPR-Based Activation (CRISPRa): A How-To Guide

By Patrick Miller-Rhodes | October 4, 2019

CRISPRa allows you to activate or overexpress genes in a more endogenous manner. Find out the steps to getting started.

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