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ENCODE Explained

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-06-2012

There has been of ton of excitement around data recently published from the ENCODE Project. The project assigned biochemical function to 80% of the genome, including areas that were previously thought to be “junk” DNA. If you are curious as to what all the excitement is about, be sure to watch the video below.

Cell phone-based sensor spots dangerous bacteria

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-17-2012

Math Trumps Science in Diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-07-2012

Although there are no existing biomarkers for Parkinson’s, diagnosis may just be a phone call away.

Google earth for cell biologist

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-06-2012

Just as users of Google Earth can zoom in from space to a view of their own backyard, researchers can now navigate biological tissues from a whole embryo down to its subcellular structures thanks to recent advances in electron microscopy and image processing, as described in The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB). An upgrade to the JCB DataViewer (, JCB’s browser-based image presentation tool, now also makes these data publicly accessible for exploration and discovery.

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Why didn’t I think of that?

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 08-02-2012

It’s the little things in life that frustrate me the most. Like fumbling around with a fine tipped Sharpie trying to label a strip of 0.2ml PCR tubes. Now that’s frustrating. Then there are people that use their brains for finding creative solutions instead of just whining about the problem to their lab mates. Here is one such example. I wish I had thought of that!

What tips do you have for your fellow biotechnologists that can help save them both time and sanity?