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Conquering Your Solutions and Dilutions
The ability to accurately prepare a solution is one of the most basic, yet important, skills that a scientist should know. Scientists depend on precise solutions to ensure the success of their experiments, but it is easy for young students to get lost in the terminology. In the biology lab you can encounter several common types of solutions: Percent (%), Molar (M), mg/ml and “nX” solutions are all common, but what makes each solution unique?
Tagged on: Tips and Tricks, Biotech Basics, Buffer, Dilution, FAQs, Tech Tips
The Importance of Keeping a Laboratory Notebook
In the research laboratories, a scientist’s notebook represents a comprehensive record of the experiments that were performed, why an experiment was performed, and what the results mean.
Tagged on: Biotech Basics, STEM, Tech Tips, FAQ
Biotech Basics: A Plasmid Primer
In 1952, Nobel Prize Winner Joshua Lederberg introduced the term ‘plasmid’, a double-stranded, circular DNA molecule that naturally exists in bacterial cells and some eukaryotes. Plasmids have been used by molecular biologists to study, analyze, and clone genes. They are capable of self-replicating and are distinct from the cells’ chromosomal DNA.
Tagged on: Bacterial Cell, Biotech Basics, Circular DNA Molecule, DNA, FAQ, GFP, Plasmids, Plasmid Preparation, Tech Tips, Transformation
School’s Out for Summer…Or Is It?
The 2013-14 school year is wrapping up, and we’re sure that you (and your students) are anxiously counting down the minutes. However, whereas your students will get to leave all thoughts of class behind for the summer, we know you’ll be working to set up new classes or trying to incorporate new experiments into your existing curriculum.
Tagged on: Advanced, Intermediate, Biotech Basics, FAQ, Genes, GFP, Mutation, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Tech Tips, Transformation
Solving Your Dilution Dilemma
When asked to dilute a solution, students (and sometimes teachers) tend to panic! A dilution is a common laboratory technique used for preparing reagents and solutions. Though we all know what it means to ‘dilute’, sometimes one can be confused on how to actually perform a dilution.
Tagged on: Tips and Tricks, Buffer, Dilution, FAQ, Tech Tips
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