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:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 05-24-2011
In this video, Dr. Sean Taylor, Field Applications Specialist, Bio-Rad Laboratories, demonstrates how sample quality and reference gene selection effect data analysis and interpretation in real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) experiments. The presentation is in accordance with the previously published MIQE guidelines.
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:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 09-27-2010
This video was created by XVIVO, a scientific animation company near Hartford, CT in July 2006 for Harvard biology students. The 8 minute animation took 14 months to create and has been viewed tens of thousands of times by molecular biology aficionados all across the globe. If you haven’t yet seen it, it’s well worth your time.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-01-2010
Several years ago when I was in the middle of writing my thesis, my scholarly brother-in-law came over to my house for a visit. Both of us were deeply involved in our studies during that period of our lives. I was trying to uncover the transcriptional mechanisms of several vasoregulatory genes and he was studying law (I said he was scholarly…not smart). At some point during the course of our conversation, we started to discuss which discipline had a more complex lexicon. My brother-in-law argued that his legal training provided him with a superior set of tools for deciphering linguistic chaos while I insisted that his skill set was completely useless in trying to understand scientific terminology. (In truth, I believe that both disciplines make use of complicated language in order to confuse the heck out of readers so that they won’t dare question the author for fear of looking stupid). In his arrogance, my brother-in-law proceeded to pick up my thesis and attempted to translate it into simple layman’s English. When he encountered terms such as apoptosis, polymorphism, mesenchymal and Myeloperoxidase he put his hands up in the air and in exasperation declared me the vocabulary champion.
Here’s a funny video that I found on benchfly that demonstrates one of the hazards scientists face on a daily basis…pronunciation.
What are some of the craziest terms that you’ve come across in your research?
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-26-2010
It’s been a very busy week but I’m glad to announce that the weekend is finally here. With our benchwork now on pause for a couple days, we can now focus on the things that are important in life: family, friends and fun with science!
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-24-2010
Here’s a video that you can be proud of. Something that you can share with your friends and family and that will help you hold your head up high. This video was featured on the “Video Wall” at the 2008 BIO International Convention in San Diego. Two years old and still a source of inspiration.
We are: producing human cancer vaccines in tobacco plants, producing enough crops to satisfy all of the world’s demands, creating customized therapies and creating more efficient transportation fuels. Biotechnology has something useful for everybody.