Lab environments and the reproducibility crisis

 As a postdoc at Cornell University in the late 2000s, with the aid of a few collaborators and an army of undergraduates, I carried out a big experiment that I’ll call the Cornell Experiment, testing whether female Drosophila melanogaster face a

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Developing lab culture: The science of support

If you don’t have a lab mentor, you should find one—at least according to three former scientists here at Quartzy. To clarify, this isn’t any ole PI or boss. This is someone who will help you grow, be there for you to vet ideas, provide feedback,

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Optimizing RNA Extraction from Cells and Tissues with TRIzol®

Optimal RNA Purity with TRIzol®

TRIzol®-based reagents have long been considered the best method for isolating high-quality, pure RNA from cells or tissues. TRIzol® can be used as both a storage medium and extraction solution for RNA, and

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Sample Collection and Storage Considerations for Microbiomics

As the beginning of the entire workflow, sample collection and preservation is one of the most critical steps for achieving high quality, reproducible results. Yet, sample collection can vary greatly between labs. When a sample is stored or

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Taking ACTion on Sustainable Purchases in the Lab

As anyone who has ever worked in a lab knows, scientific research requires significant resources.  From energy-intensive equipment to boxes of nitrile gloves, the environmental impact of a single laboratory can be enormous… and there are a lot

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Quick Lookup: The convenient way to request supplies

Since we rolled out Quartzy’s Quick Lookup feature two weeks ago, we’ve talked with a lot of lab teams about their experience using it. We’re pleased to share that the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve received a ton of
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Improving your Science Figures: What I learned from conversations with 100+ scientists

We’ve all heard it: “a picture is worth a thousand words”. This may be truer in the sciences than anywhere else. As a scientific illustrator, I’ve both studied the theory and witnessed the power of images as teaching tools, and have watched with

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Introducing Quick Lookup: A Faster Way to Add Requests

The Request feature has always been a major part of what makes Quartzy so useful for streamlining lab supply ordering, and it’s why we regularly keep an eye out for ways to improve it. But because of its central place in the workflows of most
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Antibody Product Review: Jackson ImmunoResearch

Secondary antibodies are a vital reagent for any fluorescent detection technique, including flow cytometry and imaging. That’s because while primary antibodies are important for detecting a protein of interest, it’s the secondary antibodies that

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Eco-Friendly Lab Practices: Saving the Environment and the Greenbacks

You are at the forefront - pushing the frontiers of scientific discovery and innovation. You know all too well of the seemingly endless bench work and rapid consumption of biotech consumables. We’re talking plastic dishes and plates,

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