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How can I improve efficiency of Ecoli transformation?

I am an intern in biology institute. I have a 17.3kbp plasmid need to transform to Ecoli. But I have tried many time but have no or very few colony on LB plate. I know large plasmid have less ...
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How does a heat-ratio sap flow sensor work and how invasive is it?

The Gizmodo article Undead Tree Stump Is Being Kept Alive by Neighboring Trees says: Leuzinger and Bader stumbled upon the stump while out for a hike. The woody stub caught their eye because callus ...
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Alternatives to Matrigel in chick aortic arch assay

When conducting a chick embryo aortic arch assay in order to see angiogenesis inhibition properties of various substances(originally in powder form but soluble in water or ethanol) is it possible to ...
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what are best methods for mrsa screening in hospital?

methods for screening MRSA are based on PCR (mecA detection) and MRSA latex test and culture. I need to know sensitive, specific and cost-effective methods for diagnosis MRSA infection on one work day ...
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Why do protein solutions have to be alkalised in biuret test?

I’ve read that CuSO4 solution reacts with peptide bonds that connect amino acids to create a violet colour, but the instructions always tell me to add NaOH solution to the protein solution before I ...
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Immunoprecipitation compared to western blotting

Immunoprecipitation and western blotting are both used to locate a specific protein within a sample and to isolate it. In immunoprecipitation, a specific antibody and agarose beads ( or other ...
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Preparing sample for SDS PAGE

I have more than 10 cell lysate samples (70 µL each) whose concentration varies from 1.9 mg/mL to 4.8 mg/mL. I have 5X and 2X SDS sample buffers. I would like to prepare SDS PAGE samples in such a way ...
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I did an agar gel electrophoresis but I could not see DNA, why? [closed]

After performing a PCR, I ran the products (700 bp) in an agar gel electrophoresis along with a Genedirex ladder (100 bp), but the transilluminator did not reveal them.
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How do I homogenise a small pellet of 10 to 50 cells within less than 50 µL?

I have a problem with declumping/ homogenising bacterial cells in small volumes (10 to 50 µL). I know that I can get all of my cells out of the tube, but they are still stuck together and won't form ...
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Re-stain slice using a different secondary antibody?

I stained a free-floating ~300uM brian slice using 4 different 1º antibodies (rabbit, chick, mouse, rat). For the mouse primary, I mistakenly used an Alexa-350 secondary, when I should have used 594. ...
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How to isolate a high proportion of available helminth ova from animal faeces/feces without damaging them?

I need to isolate large numbers (tens to hundreds of thousands) of cat (and later dog) hookworm ova from cat/dog faeces. I have a centrifuge, and various sieves with pore sizes of 20, 63, 75, 106, ...
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How to supply oxygen to a culture vessel?

I'm reading this paper: https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jpsa/51/3/51_0130043/_pdf From day 17 of the culture period until hatching, pure oxygen was supplied at a flow rate of approximately 500 ...
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Why both forward and reverse primer are added in asymmetric PCR?

If the purpose of Asymmetric PCR is to amplify single targeted strand of dsDNA then instead of adding just one primer for targeted strand why do we add both forward and reverse primer? Upon addition ...
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Does the preservation fluid (ethanol or formaldehyde) leach heavy metals from mollusc tissue?

In a thread on researchgate, the concern was raised that long term exposure to unbuffered preservation fluids such as ethanol or formaldehyde may leach heavy metals from biological samples due to a ...
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What is the fastest way to crystallise lysozyme (for student course)?

High school sudents are going to visit my university and I plan to demonstrate crystallisation of lysozyme. I ordered pure lysozyme from VWR. I can easily crystallise this within 15 min in batch (4% w/...
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Double Digestion with Restriction Enzymes Using Different Buffers

I am currently working on preparing a 9 kb sequence of DNA for restriction digestion into the pBAD30 expression vector. There are very few restriction enzymes that do not have a restriction site ...
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Must I HPLC-purify my PCR Primers for amplicon sequencing with PacBio SMRT?

I would like to order some primers for amplicon sequencing. I am using universal tag primers (unusually long 30-mers recommended by PacBio for SMRT, both F&R) + barcodes (16-mers). The resulting ...
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Is it normal to see yeast cells stacked in the Z axis when counting yeast?

I just got started with yeast cell counting and was surprised to observe yeast cells that are at different z axis depths at 400x. That is, by adjusting the focus (not the x/y stage) I can make some ...
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How to confirm secondary structure formation of Precursor miRNA on gel?

I want to fold precursor-miRNA into its secondary structure and then confirm it on gel. At first, I heat it in annealing buffer at 95°C for 5 minutes and cool down slowly. Then I run it on gel but the ...
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What is the connector called to attach a luer-lok fitting to a catheter-tip syringe?

I make 3D printer heads that accept syringes for depositing liquids and emulsions. We've made a 150cc syringe holder, but we can only find these syringes with a catheter type tip, and we'd like to ...
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Thermophilic Total plate count with PCA with Triphenyl tetrazoliumchloride as supplement

Hello I'm am a fourth year microbiology analyst and I'm busy with finishing my final internship. During my final internship I have to complete a own assignment. the assignment I got was to find out if ...
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Killing microorganisms on agar plates?

If I grow microorganisms on agar plates and I expose them to UV light. How exactly will I know that the microorganisms have been killed? I was watching a video that showed spots in the petri dish ...
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How many cells should be seeded for passaging?

Do you count cells when you passage them? I found that many people will according to a ratio (maybe 1:2 or 1:3,etc.) to subpackage. It is so indistinct! What is the optimal seedling density or ...
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Improving DNA quality and yield from stool samples

I prepared genomic DNA from pig stools but the concentration was very low — about 3~4 ng/µl, when I measured it using nanodrop. The A260/A280 and ...
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Why pellet and resuspend E. coli for plasmid prep

For maxipreps, cant you just add all the stuff that would be in P1 (RNase A, EDTA) then just add P2? Because if we pellet cells then resuspend theres got to be a reason, right? Is it slats and other ...
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Why electroporator need a cuvette?

I have never obtain an Electroporator for my home-lab. Because it's very expensive, I'm trying to create a diy cheap version for myself. In all commercial design, I see that we need to put the sample ...
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How to perform cell biology research without lab affiliation [closed]

Related to this question, I am wondering just generally how one can do cell biology research without being part of an already well-established University laboratory. I am not doing this myself but am ...
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How does the OD correlate with the number of algae cells?

My research team and I are using a spectrometer to measure the OD of an algae sample. We are trying to answer the question "Is there a correlation between OD and the number of algae cells?" What ...
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Why do Petri dish lids not fit?

I understand that they are generally "vented", but why such a poor fit? For the batch I bought, the lid and container don't even recognizably go together (like 1/2" difference in diameter). The wind ...
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What kind of sieve does one use to extract meiofauna?

Suppose I have a core of sediment, and I want to extract the meiofauna from it, in order to study these organisms. According to the sources I could find, this involves using a very fine (e.g. 45 μm) ...
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DNA preservation at room temperature

I am considering preserving the DNA of a family member who passed away. The funeral home offers a service called DNA Memories from a Canadian company (CG Labs). They have two options: Store the DNA in ...
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Why Cerebrospinal fluid is not heated for VDRL?

For performing VDRL of serum , we heat serum to inactivate complement proteins which may otherwise interfere , but why don't we do same for CSF even though it too has complement proteins in it? Is it ...
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How is the role of ethylene in ripening demonstrated in biology (or agriculture) education?

I want to know what are some typical experiments performed in the course of biology education (or possibly in applied biology education e.g. agricutlure education) to prove to the students (or have ...
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When in Ampicillin degraded (gone) in liquid TB-media? Concerns about selectivity

Question: Specifically regarding Ampicillin; When growing cells in TB (terrific broth) for protein expression - when should I expect the ampicillin to be gone due to degradation by b-lactamases? (and ...
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Using distilled water on sterile swab for collecting microbes on solid surfaces

I was wondering if it is acceptable to use distilled water on a sterile swab for the collection of microbes on a solid surface. - in this case, Salmonella and Shigella.
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How can enzymes be immobilised on glass?

I’m studying a hypothetical model for urease activity, which involves fluorescence measurement, hence the need for an optical window to which the enzyme urease is immobilised. From my previous ...
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Can experiments in ELISA kits be monitored via both fluorometry and photometry?

In my bioanalytics course slides, the professor has written at one point that in a heterogenous immunoassay such as ELISA, we use fluorimetry to measure concentration of an analyte. In another slide ...
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What are the safety precautions I should take if I want to experiment with C. elegans (at home)?

Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) is a nematode (roundworm), and many nematodes do infect humans and cause diseases. How much is C. elegans safe (or unsafe) in this respect? C.elegans is a popular ...
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Why is plasma glucose concentration not double that of whole blood?

It is known that the concentration of plasma glucose is 12% higher than that of whole blood. But since 45-50% of whole blood is red blood cells, shouldn't the plasma glucose be almost double — since ...
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Control for Bisulfite sequencing

I am wondering how can I control my converted DNA! I converted my DNA with bisulfite then I amplified the converted DNA with specific primers of BSP and purified my product and finally sequenced the ...
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Minimum number of cycles for effective qPCR quantification?

I have been having an apparent problem with gDNA contamination in my no-reverse transcriptase (NRT) controls by the appearance of fluorescence peaks in my qPCR data. I have/am trying multiple DNase ...
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Why shouldn't I clean microscope slides with a paper towel?

I've recently bought a microscope and been looking at a lot of bacteria and such, and have quickly run out of clean slides. I've seen videos and articles saying how you shouldn't clean microscope ...
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How do you keep track of past/new lab protocols?

Does there exist a list grouped my subject (e.g. 'microscopy') for keeping track of what protocols have been designed and used? Closest I could find is http://www.protocol-online.org/ but it's fairly ...
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What do the column labels in this table mean?

This table shows the effect of sound (song and tones) on female birds. However, I'm not sure what the labels (F1 22, P and η2) mean. I've seen the labels on other tables too. (from https://www.ncbi....
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Would I expect salt precipitate on fibres of DNA in a NaCl water solution?

I just recently conducted an experiment in my biochemistry class where we had to add DNA to distilled water, isotonic saline and 2.5M NaCl. I noticed different physical aspects depending on the ...
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How is the gradient in density gradient centrifugation made?

From the literature I read, I came to understand the following. Please correct me if wrong. In CsCl gradient centrifugation, the gradient is achieved by centrifuging the CsCl solution at high rpm, ...
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Do PC-12 cells have to be stored in nitrogen?

My lab has been storing their PC 12 cells in the -80 freezer... upon arriving here and investigating a new project I see that it specifically stated to be stored in nitrogen vapor? Is this the ...
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What are the optimal conditions for storing frozen glycerol stocks of bacteria?

The common method of storing bacteria long-term is to collect saturated liquid culture, such as LB, and mix it with sterile glycerol so as to obtain 10-30% final glycerol concentration. The resulting ...
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How to choose right volume of DNA and SYBR Green

I'm testing fluorescence level of a sample having dsDNA, SYBR Green and milli q water but I'm facing difficulty in choosing right volume of dsDNA and cons level of SYBR Green. Details of sample: ...
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What are these colonies on my Bacillus pumilus lawn?

I am growing Bacillus pumilus and I have plated some on agar plates. Now I can see some colonies on top of the lawn. Does anybody know what they could be? A contaminant? Bacillus pumilus? I have ...