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Can I use a Flask Weight Ring to increase RPM in an orbital shaking incubator?

I am working on a device that goes on top of the flask. This reduces the maximum RPM that I can use. Therefore I am wondering if I can use a Flask Weight Ring for Erlemeyer flasks in a orbital ...
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How is in-vitro fertilization technically achieved?

I failed searching on Google technical details about how in-vitro fertilization is achieved. I'm referring to the toolset and its use, rather than the chemical or biological aspects of the process. I ...
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How does the choice of blood draw site influence the possible specificity of a serological test?

The news has reported that a new serological test for the presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies has received an emergency use authorization from the FDA, and notably has a higher specificity than ...
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Why calf thymus DNA is widely used instead any other body part?

Calf-thymus DNA is widely used as DNA sample. Such as testing anti-dsDNA antibody activity, nuclease activity etc, as well as certain books include calf-thymus-DNA in various examples (such as the ...
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Recommend any Molecular lab LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) [closed]

We are looking to develop or customize a LIMS for our molecular lab. Do you know of a LIMS that you've used in a molecular lab before, or one that could be used. Thanks for the help (Edit) Some of ...
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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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qPCR to detect viral load

In an experiment qPCR was used to determine viral load. Alongside this conventional PCR was also performed and ran on an agarose gel. However I do not understand why both methods would have been used, ...
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How can I label cryotubes in a way that eliminates the problem of legible hand-writing?

My lab stores biological material (tissue, cells, plasma, serum) in a -130 C, liquid nitrogen freezer. The cryotubes that we use to store a samples are labelled by hand which frequently creates ...
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How do you sanitize blood for use in a BSL-1 lab?

I do research in a BSL-1 (biosafety level 1) lab, though I have access to a BSL-2 lab if needed (though very inconveniently). I'm doing medical research with the goal of identifying biomarkers for ...
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Using a magnetic stirrer as a makeshift shaking incubator?

I'm working in my high school's lab and need to culture bacteria in a broth culture. More specifically, I'm trying to harvest Bacillus endospores with the exhaustion method published in "Molecular ...
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How does SDS-PAGE separate based on mass?

If $F=qE =ma$ then $\frac{m}{q}a=E$, and in SDS-PAGE electric field and mass-to-charge ratio is all approximated to be constant for all proteins. Thus, all proteins must migrate with a constant ...
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How to choose an assay for detecting virulence factors?

When looking for a protein of interest, an ELISA is being administered. I read this article about the different types of ELISAs and the advantages/disadvantages. However, I am conflicted about ...
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Using autoclaved store-bought distilled water for labwork?

I'm a high school student who's working on a molecular biology project in my school's lab. I need pure water for making culture media, buffers, running a BCA protein assay, running digests, cleaning ...
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RNA product storage in isopropyl alcohol

I have an issue. I isolated RNA from cortex a few days ago. For isolation of RNA i used this procedure: I homogenizised my sample (mouse cortex) with Trizol. Then to the sample add chloroform, shooke ...
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Bacterial Growth Formula

What are the units of $N$: the colonies of bacteria or the viable cell count? This is in regards to the bacterial growth formula used during serial dilutions, $$ N =N(0) e^{kt} \quad . $$
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Minimum amount of RNA for cDNA conversion and qPCR

I searched several protocols for reverse transcription of RNA and all suggest using RNA concentrations of 1ug. Could a lower amount result in inferior transcript representation and therefore decreased ...
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What is the most durable electronic pipette?

We have a routine task of pipetting substance concentration series in triplicate on cell cultures under a laminar hood. To speed up the process, we use an electronic pipette in the repetitive ...
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Are controls needed for urine cultures?

If testing for bacteria (gram-negative) in a urine culture, are negative or positive cultures needed? I could not find anything that says controls are needed unless results seem to be contaminated. ...
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Lab technique to distinguish between single stranded and double stranded DNA?

What lab techniques exist to differentiate between single-strand and double-stranded DNA?
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Why spin live fruit flies in centrifuge?

I was reading this article about the evolution of monarch butterflies’ resistance to cardiac glycosides: These Butterflies Evolved to Eat Poison. How Could That Have Happened? And this passage made ...
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Autoclaving media Question

1.When I autoclave media should I close the cap tightly or slightly? I put all tools in plastic bag when I autoclave, should I close slightly the plastic and when it finish I close tightly the ...
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Why do we add salt when precipitating DNA?

All the DNA extraction protocols I have seen involve adding salts to the extraction buffer. What is the purpose of the salts? What happens if they aren't included?
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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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Using nanodrop for analysing biological samples other than nucleotides

I am a 3rd timer postdoctoral fellow with some experience in molecular biology and biochemistry, but major skills in Zoology and Natural History. I am studying some natural extracts, and isolating ...
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Getting PCR amplification at annealing higher than Tm!

I am amplifying a gene where in a gradient pcr i am getting amplification at an annealing temperature about 5 degrees (67) higher than Tm (62.5)? What is wrong here? Also, I am getting a very strong ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Minimal viable EEG equipment for dissertation research on BCI / BMI

I am planning out a dissertation study of Brain-computer Interface (a.k.a. Brain-machine Interface, BCI, BMI, etc) applications. One of the 3 papers in that dissertation will involve collecting ...
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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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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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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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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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For people who work in microbiology labs, what software do you use to manage your strains?

It's just a small microbiology lab that currently records everything on paper, and there's quite few mutants as well. Is Excel commonly used for this sort of thing? Or is there a better software to ...
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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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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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When running gels what is the difference between constant volts or constant amps?

In general, you want to be consistent with running your gels either at constant volts or constant amps. However, it is very clear that during the progression of both PAGE and agarose gels, the free ...
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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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