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The importance of the Human Genome Project

Genetics is dead. This is the opinion of a few scientists. One of my lecturers, in fact, repeated this consistently. Not exactly a confidence builder for a second year undergraduate and his future prospects, especially considering his degree was entitled… 409 more words


Miniprep 101: How do DNA extractions work? (For molecular biology researchers)

Heads up to my non-scientist audience: This post is aimed at undergrad/grad school researchers who are already familiar with biology and are trying to understand how a common DNA isolation protocol (called a miniprep) works. 1,146 more words

Grad School

Science Is Art Is Science: A crystal-clear view of a proton pump

A proton pump called vacuolar ATPase plays an essential role in several biological processes. Malfunctions in this pump lead to a wide spectrum of human diseases, including bone and kidney diseases, diabetes and cancer. 114 more words

Health Care

Cold medicine could stop cancer spread

Bladder cancer is the seventh most common cancer in males worldwide. Every year, about 20,000 people in Japan are diagnosed with bladder cancer, of whom around 8,000–mostly men–succumb to the disease. 408 more words


Research. Publish. Do not Repeat.

Replicating other scientists’ works appears to be more difficult than one would expect, and these efforts are often ignored by scientific journals. A new online publishing channel has been launched in the attempt to give more space and visibility to this important aspect of research. 775 more words