Posts Tagged ‘Bio-Rad’

Enzyme Kinetics-A Biofuels Case Study

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 04-20-2010

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Bring enzymes to life in your classroom with relevant and topical applications. Enzymes and biofuels – a great combination!

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time: Two Sessions –
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Presenter: Cindy Gay, M.A.
Steamboat Springs High School
Steamboat Springs, CO

Enzymes are critical to life and are central in any life science curriculum. Enzymes spiral throughout life science curriculum and provide many opportunities to incorporate best teaching practices, but how excited and engaged are your students? As a case study for enzymes and factors that affect enzymatic reactions, biofuel production is a hot topic that connects many big ideas in both biology and environmental science. Looking at enzymes through this light allows us to explore enzyme activity as well as hands-on labs for teaching enzymes. This webinar will consider why it’s important to teach enzymes including enzyme function, regulation and industrial applications and will share tips on engaging students that have proven successful in the classroom.

Webinar Agenda
Why teach about enzymes
Enzymes overview: function, regulation and STEM applications
Biofuels as a case study for real-world applications of enzymes
Hands-on labs for teaching

Presenter’s Background:
Cindy Gay completed both her undergraduate and graduate work in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology at the University of Colorado. For the past twenty-nine years she has taught biology to students ranging from middle school to college undergraduates. A Nationally Board Certified teacher, Cindy is currently teaching Biology, AP Biology and Anatomy/Physiology at Steamboat Springs High School in Colorado. She has been recognized for her teaching, curriculum and staff development as a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Outstanding Biology Teacher, Amgen Award for Excellence in Science Education, and Teacher of the Year.

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Bio-Rad Spring Into Savings Promotion

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 04-15-2010

Bio-Rad USA’s latest spring promotion has arrived. For a limited time they are offering a “Buy 1 get 2 Free” on their Real-Time PCR Supermixes. For details check out the Spring into Savings flyer which also includes a great compatibility chart to determine which supermix is right for your machine. You can also contact your Bio-Rad direct representative by emailing or by calling 1-877-BIORAD1.

Offer valid until May 31, 2010 in the US only.

Solve the Cryptogram and Win $1,500

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 04-14-2010

In the latest contest sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories and Genetic Engineering News (GEN) you can use your analytical skills to decipher a cryptogram and be entered to win $1,500 and your choice of one of five Bio-Rad benchtop devices. In addition, if you are one of the first 150 registrants you will receive a free cryptogram challenge t-shirt!

For full contest details, see the cryptogram contest press release in GEN.

Delivering siRNA into Difficult to Transfect Cells Using Bio-Rad’s MXCell Electroporator

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-31-2010

Small interfereing RNA (siRNA) technology is a powerful tool for facilitating post-transcriptional gene silencing. As with most transfection techniques, siRNAs have been traditionally delivered into the cell by one of four transfection techniques: lipid-mediated, chemical-mediated, viral transfection or electroporation.

In this paper, a team from the Beckman Research Institue of the City of Hope demonstrate how Bio-Rad’s MXCell electroporator can be used to optimize transfection conditions for B-Cell lymphomas which are extremely difficlut to transfect by most traditional methods.

Delivering siRNA into Difficult to Transfect Cells Using Bio-Rad’s Gene Pulser MXcell Electroporation System

Using Bio-Rad’s ProteOn XPR36 for Antibody Characterization and Development

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-25-2010

The Bio-Rad ProteOn XPR36 is a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) system capable of analyzing 36 protein-protein interactions in one experiment. Up to 6 antibodies may be simultaneously immobilized in parallel channels and assayed with panels of up to 6 antigens.

The Antibody Characterization and Development Using the Bio-Rad ProteOn technical note describes how the ProteOn can be used for:

  • Hybridoma screening and ranking
  • Epitope mapping
  • Kinetic analysis of antibody-antigen specificity
  • Determination of cross-reactivity of antibodies used in multiplex assays
  • For a great primer on Bio-Rad’s ProteOn XPR36 check out this brief video tour