Monday, 24 July 2017

4 Tips for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

4 Tips for a Successful Postdoctoral Fellowship Application 

One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself as a postdoc is to get a personal postdoctoral fellowship. Your own funding covers your salary and (often) some research costs as well. As such, you will have a degree of independence that you would not have otherwise. Also, being able to show that you…

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Can’t Decide Between Medical School or Graduate School?

Can’t Decide Between Medical School or Graduate School? 

For the longest time I just couldn’t decide between medical school and graduate school. I mean come on, being a physician would be great. I could save lives just like they do on TV! But on the other hand, being a biomedical scientist excited me just as much. You can’t tell me you’ve never dreamt…

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Tips for Getting Your Neurons Firing… Consistently

Tips for Getting Your Neurons Firing… Consistently 

Primary cultures of rodent (rat and mice) neurons are widely used for disease modeling and studying cellular mechanisms in neurobiology. If you are in this field and need help with protocols and batch-to-batch variability of your dissociated primary rodent neurons, read further below. Also consider watching several JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) articles.1-24 These cover…

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

[Pdf] Writing Your First (or next) Paper

[Pdf] Writing Your First (or next) Paper 

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Brefeldin A v Monensin: How to Hunt for Proteins

Brefeldin A v Monensin: How to Hunt for Proteins 

As any good biologist knows, one of the easiest ways to determine if a cell is functionally active is the production and secretion of proteins in response to a stimulus. In many circumstances, the quantity of the secreted protein, and thus the level of cellular activation can be assessed by ELISA. However, if you are…

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Guidelines for Efficient Cell Sorting – Part 1

Guidelines for Efficient Cell Sorting – Part 1 

Flow cytometry is a pervasive tool to characterize just about anything in cell biology. From quantifying the expression of surface antigens, to determining the physiological changes in cells and everything in between, flow cytometry is as indispensable to a cell biologist as a knife is to a surgeon. Cell sorting is pivotal in enabling researchers…

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Using Synthetic DNA For Long Term Data Storage

Using Synthetic DNA For Long Term Data Storage 

The amount of data requiring long-term storage is growing and accelerating. Current long-term digital storage technology cannot keep up. Imagine roughly 2.5 QUINTILLION bytes of data being created everyday in this world1–2 as more computers and network infrastructure come online. For average users, a long-term storage solution is probably not an issue. However, organizations and…

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