Talk Nerdy to Me

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 10-13-2014

Advanced Topics in Cell Sorting

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 10-09-2014

In this webinar, Dan Fox of Propel Labs explores the principles of cell sorting including the theory of droplet cell sorting, how to assess cell sorter performance, and how sorting speed influences results. Dan also discusses the S3™ Cell Sorter’s unique sorting modes, the sort mode process and logic, and how the S3 Sorter simplifies the science of cell sorting.

Health Benefits of Coffee Genetically Dependent

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 10-08-2014

Another day, another study on the health benefits or detriments of habitual coffee drinking. Good for you. Bad for you. Good for your heart, bad for your kidneys. Good for your kidneys, bad for your heart…You get the drift. It seems like there are two distinct camps that have lined up behind each opinion. In the “coffee is healthy” camp you have the coffee lovers and in the other camp are the non-coffee drinkers. As a coffee consumer, I have ignored much of the negative research and have helped spread the positive findings about the benefits of high caffeine consumption to all of my family and friends. However, according to a new large-scale study led by Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers, the debate can now be settled by genetics.

Read the full story on the Harvard University website.

A Neural Portrait of the Human Mind

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 10-06-2014

Watch this very cool video to find out how researcher Nancy Kanwischer used MRI techniques to identify the region of the brain that is responsible for facial recognition. It took years of research and a tremendous amount of self sacrifice, but the results are incredible.

Fluorescent Imaging Made Easy, Fast, and Intuitive

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 10-02-2014

Bio-Rad Laboratories announces the launch of the ZOE™ Fluorescent Cell Imager, one of the first cell imaging systems able to deliver the power of microscopy in a system that is as easy to use as a tablet. The system includes three fluorescent channels and brightfield to simplify fluorescence imaging for cell culture applications.

Fluorescence microscopes are used in traditional cell culture workflows to confirm transfection efficiency and visualize fluorescent proteins. Performing this task requires training and the process can be time-consuming. Fluorescence microscopes can take 15 minutes to warm up and the systems are often located in a separate facility that is outfitted with a darkroom.

However, the ZOE Fluorescent Cell Imager’s LEDs are instantly ready to use after the power is turned on. Researchers simply place their culture dish onto ZOE’s stage and then access all controls using the LCD touch screen, tapping the screen to capture images and pinching with their fingers to zoom up to 20x magnification. Outfitted with a light shield, ZOE enables users to perform fluorescence experiments in ambient light on their lab benchtop, eliminating the need for a dedicated darkroom.

“Users report they turn on ZOE and know immediately what to do, even those who are imaging cell fluorescence for the first time,” said Veronika Kortisova-Descamps, Bio-Rad product manager, Cell Biology.

Additional Benefits of ZOE

  • Multichannel fluorescence — detection of fluorescence emission at blue, green, and red wavelengths is accomplished with three fluorescence channels optimized for commonly used fluorophores
  • Large field of view — motorized stage and large field of view (0.70 mm2) enable researchers to see more of their sample, faster
  • Manipulate and store images on hard drive — users can merge images for co-expression experiments and store up to 12 GB of image files for export to a USB flash drive

Please visit for more information about Bio-Rad’s new ZOE Fluorescent Cell Imager.