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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?

How Sweet It Is: Printing Blood Vessels Out of Sugar

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-10-2012

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are printing blood vessel networks out of sugar.

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Editing DNA with programmable RNA scissors

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 06-28-2012

Genetic engineers and genomics researchers should welcome the news from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) where an international team of scientists has discovered a new and possibly more effective means of editing genomes. This discovery holds potentially big implications for advanced biofuels and therapeutic drugs, as genetically modified microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, are expected to play a key role in the green chemistry production of these and other valuable chemical products.

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Becoming a PubMed Expert

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 06-14-2012

PubMed is probably the most important database used by scientists across the globe. Most researchers will routinely do a PubMed search to look for relevant literature on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. But how many of us really know how to use PubMed to its fullest extent? How much more efficient would our literature searches be if we just knew how to make the most out of PubMed? Luckily, NCBI, has put together a YouTube channel with detailed explanations on how to use many of their advanced products. Here is a video demonstrating how to use the PubMed Advanced Search Builder. Be sure to checkout the NCBI YouTube page for more great videos.

Lighting up the operating room

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 04-23-2012

Taking the “color by number” concept to a whole new level!