This is why we need time machines: A PhD reflection

As I enter into what is likely the final year of my PhD in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of California San Diego, I regularly find myself contemplating the last four years. Although my experience has been a generally positive

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Stop stealing my pipettes: A guide to lab etiquette fundamentals

With the demands of research as they are, labs often become bustling centers of activity. Ultimately, we all want to generate a substantial amount of exciting data that would further our projects and publications in a timely manner despite also

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This checklist and free tool will ensure PCR primer design success

The Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR, is one of the cornerstones of molecular biology. It allows the selective amplification of a target DNA sequence that occurs only once within a large and complex DNA structure such as genomic DNA. PCR is

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3 Culture contaminants you hate and how to save your cells

Sterile cell culture practice is key to avoid contamination by microorganisms, which would then interfere with the integrity of your cell system and your experiments. While most of us are careful and well trained in proper cell culture technique,

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Quartzy Catalog: Scientists can request, buy, track lab supplies in one platform

Quartzy’s mission to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery began in 2011, when it created a free lab-management platform to help scientists easily organize orders and manage inventory, saving them precious research time. Quartzy has since

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"Why is your research important?" - Society

While a graduate student at UC Riverside, I attended a small meeting in Santa Cruz. It was my first chance to talk about my research and I was very excited. The organizers had invited one of the luminaries in my field, and I eventually got my

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Scientific procurement pains: Why buying research supplies isn't easy

Scientists probe questions and provide answers—or at least steps and theories toward them—to improve quality of life and understanding of the world. The last thing scientists should worry about while pursuing such grand goals is securing the

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Using reference managers to organize projects and publications: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I described how a reference manager software can make the process of preparing a manuscript significantly easier. In the second part of this series, I will describe some additional features of reference managers—such as

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Bio-detection animals: Dogs, bees, and diagnostic innovation

Diagnosis remains a major stumbling block in the way of treatment and eradication of several diseases, such as cancer and tuberculosis (TB)—a problem I know all too well, as it concerns my research directly. Early diagnosis has an important

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Using reference managers to organize projects and publications: Part 1

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