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

You are at the forefront - pushing the frontiers of scientific discovery and innovation. You also 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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Inside the Head of a Peer Reviewer

So you’ve been asked to review your first scientific article - congratulations! Being asked to review an article indicates that you’ve made an impact through publishing and presenting your own research – whether you were invited directly, or

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Behind the Scenes of a Scientific Conference

Gatherings of experts in the field play a major role in science. We all occasionally attend seminars, workshops and conferences – and not just because of the free coffee. We aspire to extend our scientific network, catch up on latest research or

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3 Tips for your lab safety inspection

It can be the most dreadful time of the year – no, not the stressful few weeks leading up to the holiday season – but lab inspection time. Typically occurring yearly, a lab inspection ensures that both the lab space and lab members are adhering

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5 Things holding your lab back from success

What is a successful lab? Some may argue that a well-funded lab is a successful one. Others may say that frequent publications define success. Happy students, researchers, and employees. Cutting edge research. Patents. World Impact. No matter how

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How an outline transformed my research - A PhD publishing experience

We all feel it: the pressure of publishing. I first felt it when I was at the beginning of my second year as a PhD student. My group and I had flown overseas to the conference of the American Society of Cell Biology. A meeting that attracts each

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Scientists

Happy New Year! With the start of a new year often comes the opportunity to plan changes you want to change in the coming year. And while most people make resolutions related to their personal life, scientists should think about making

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No, scientists don’t really get holidays.

Labs always tend to be quieter during December, as people wind down their experiments and travel for the holidays. It can also be a challenging time, as reagent stocks, equipment, cell lines, and animal colonies still need to be maintained, but

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Stuck in the lab for the holidays? Here's how to stay thankful

The holiday season can be challenging for scientists if the timing of experiments prevents you from taking the time off you wish that you could. This holiday season, I challenge you to reframe your mindset, so that even when things aren’t going

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Yes, the lab needs cleaning. Here's your plan to get the job done.

Housekeeping is never a fun task – that’s why “spring cleaning” has become a once per year job grudgingly undertaken by most people. Unfortunately, however, in order for labs to run efficiently and produce high quality research, housekeeping must

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