Thursday, 15 February 2018

Kidney Organoids in a Dish

Kidney Organoids in a Dish 

Kidney Modeling with Kidney Organoids Derived from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Stem cells are a valuable tool for kidney disease modeling as well as experimental regenerative medicine and drug screening. There are more than twenty different cell types in the mature kidney, which adds to the complexity of the model, but also provides the opportunity…

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Troubleshooting a Faulty ELISA

Troubleshooting a Faulty ELISA 

Is ELISA giving you the blues? The frustrating kind, not the lovely kind you get while watching the enzyme substrate reaction! This age old assay has the perks of being quick and fairly simple to perform, but when conditions are not perfect, ELISAs can deliver less than optimal results, and fail to be consistent and…

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

How to Unclog Your Flow Cytometer

How to Unclog Your Flow Cytometer 

Welcome back, fellow flow cytometry friend! I am sure that you are rocking your data acquisition at this point, having perfected your understanding of panel set up, fluorophore usage, and using the flow cytometer of your choice. However, with as many samples as you are running, it is possible that you may be experiencing a…

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Meet Nature’s Oldest Doomsday Preppers: Endospores

Meet Nature’s Oldest Doomsday Preppers: Endospores 

My favorite reason for being a biologist is that I am endlessly amazed by how life adapts to various pressures on planet Earth. This especially holds true for endospores, one of nature’s most resilient means of surviving for thousands of years in non-ideal environmental conditions. In this article, we’ll explore some of the extreme environments…

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

De Novo DNA Sequencing and the Special k-mer

De Novo DNA Sequencing and the Special k-mer 

The technology for DNA sequencing was developed back in 1977 thanks to Frederick Sanger. It took a bit longer before it was possible to sequence a complete genome. This is because we needed an appropriate mathematical model and massive computational power to assemble millions or billions of small reads to a larger complete genome. Today’s…

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Get Your Microscopy Mojo Back with Our Image Acquisition and Processing Tips

Get Your Microscopy Mojo Back with Our Image Acquisition and Processing Tips 

Ever since the invention of the first compound microscope by Zacharias Jansen in 1950, our understanding of the microscopic world has grown exponentially. Microscopes have evolved from mere assemblies of magnifying lenses to extremely powerful tools for visualization on the atomic scale. You can find a wealth of information on the workings of a microscope…

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Turn a Smartphone into a Digital Microscope for Only 3 Cents

Turn a Smartphone into a Digital Microscope for Only 3 Cents 

Have you ever wondered how you could possibly build a digital microscope for a much smaller cost than buying one? Well, the cost of building a microscope is more like $20, but compared to the average cost of scientific microscopes, it might as well be 3 cents! You probably already have most of the tools…

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