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Technical term for water entering a semipermeable membrane?

Would the word happen to be diffuse? I have tried imbibtion but that word is invalid because it isn't specific to osmosis. Research: http://www.majordifferences.com/2013/12/difference-between-osmosis-...
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How to incubate freeze dried culture?

I have a freeze dried culture of staphylococcus aureus; how do I incubate it? Can I just mix it into Luria broth and just keep it in the incubator?
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DAPI staining showing unknown artefacts?

Dear fellow researchers, I have been facing some problem with staining nucleus with DAPI. I use the standard protocol for fixation 4%PFA+0.1% TX-100+2%BSA. I use 0.2ug/ml conc. of DAPI for 5 minutes....
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Can microdialysis be made in Drosophila melanogaster?

I've asked this before in stack overflow's cognitive science community, and someone recommended me to ask here: I've found a couple of studies using microdialysis on insects, but didn't found any in ...
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What is the advantage of indirect ELISA over direct one?

I guess the answer is about indirect one giving less error due to selectivity but how exactly does that happen?
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Collecting virgin fruit flies [closed]

Suppose that you place P generation wild type males and mutant virgin females in a vial and allow them to mate. You leave this vial undisturbed in the incubator for 12 days. Could you collect F1 flies ...
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Common mistakes when sequencing?

I've sequenced two genes of 15 dogs for SNP analysis. the chromatograms of one gene looked perfect but the ones of the second gene didn't look as good. To be precise, the chromatograms of one exon ...
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Optimal pH of protein buffer? Basic principles to adjust buffers according method and analysis

Protein buffers such as PBST, which is used in western blotting, are normally adjusted to pH 7.4. When I try to find why, I find some information about optimal pKa for protein stability. Im not sure I ...
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PCR limits of detection calculate method

Is any standard method for use to gain PCR sensivity or limit of detection? my mean is not for RT-PCR or Real-Time or any other kind and just simple PCR. After making PCR product free of dNTP and ...
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What is the best way to analyze non-quantitative mass spec hits from an immunoprecipitation pull down?

I am studying a nuclear protein and want to come up with a list of potential proteins that it interacts with. From the nuclear fraction of 293T cells, I did an IP (immunoprecipitation) to pull down my ...
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How does air-liquid interface (ALI) culture work?

For studying diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cells are often grown in air liquid interface. I understand that the common way of establishing this these days is to grow ...
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Do users of CRISPR/Cas iterate or parallelize to try multiple guide sequences?

I've read about on-target efficiency and off-target effects in use of CRISPR/Cas9, and about tools that suggest good guide sequences. I am wondering: how many guide sequences do typical CRISPR users ...
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Transfer of electrophoresis bands to MS

I have a lab question that is confusing me. Just to be clear this is a homework question but I've done some extensive research and can't find what seems to be a "good" answer. The question is this: ...
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What is the meaning of a reported OD600 value?

I can't find a reference that explains what, for example, OD600 = 0.1 means. For example, Wikipedia states OD600 is an abbreviation indicating the absorbance, or optical density, of a sample ...
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“X” in stock solutions

We prepare buffer solutions with concentration in terms of x, for example 50x TAE buffer. How do we come up with ...
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PBST vs. TBST buffer in western blotting

What is the advantages and disadvantages of using either PBST or TBST in western blotting, or while working with proteins in general? Are there other buffers which are also used for western blotting, ...
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Can RNA be extracted from tissue suspended in formalin?

There are two tumor samples floating in a 10% formaldehyde solution (i.e formalin). Is there a protocol for RNA extraction under these circumstances? I am concerned that using the protocol for ...
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Common Errors For Low R Value in Bradford Assay

I've recently started doing Bradford Assays for my samples and my standard curve has been non-linear and I have been getting low R values (.90-.95). I initially thought the error was in pipetting, ...
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Extending a small fragment of DNA

Is there a way to extend a small fragment of DNA, say 150 bp, by making copies of itself and attaching each copy of that small fragment to the end of that 150 bp sequence? For example, I want a 1 ...
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Forgot to vortex antibody before staining

Ugh. Did an immunofluorescence experiment last weekend, forgot to vortex both my primary and my secondary antibody solutions. And my final result looks dimmer than it should be. Is it possible that ...
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How is the acetone method different from QB buffer for extraction of plant protein?

I primarily work on animal tissue but I thought of running an SDS-PAGE for plant tissue just for fun. I searched for some protein extraction protocols online and I don't know which one to choose. One ...
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How well do Eppendorf cups seal?

I am considering to send some samples overseas in Eppendorf cups. They are the standard plastic cups of 1 to 2 mL capacity. Of course they may tip over during their journey and I'd like to know how ...
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Hydrophobic elution times in ionic exchange columns

What would the order of elution be of say Gly, Val, Leu? My argument is that hydrophobic residues will try and get away from the resin and the more hydrophobic the residue is the faster it will elute....
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How does 2-mercaptoethanol lead to shift of the band to a higher molecular weight?

I have a project to isolate a protein with biological properties from a plant. The purified protein forms four bands with similar molecular weight on SDS-PAGE (30–35 kDa) in the presence of 5 % 2-...
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Does denaturing proteins lead to loss of epitopes?

I am doing an experiment where I have to do both Immunohistochemistry and SDS-PAGE. I am assuming that the native conformation of the protein is maintained in the IHC. But during the blot, we heat the ...
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Effective Mycoplasma Elimination from Primary Human Cultures

Obviously the best way to avoid mycoplasma contamination is to avoid it in the first place. In our case, however, it is not possible to avoid. We are culturing viruses and tissues out of human nasal ...
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What would happen if a cell is poked by a fine needle?

I had seen this question in an exam: A living cell has a protoplasm which is water based and demarcated by a lipid bilayer membrane. If a cell is pierced to 1/5th of its diameter with a very sharp ...
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Bacterial cell lysis buffer used in proteomics procedures

What kinds of detergent-free bacterial lysis buffers exist? The proteins we're extracting will be later analyzed by LC-MS/MS, and we're looking for a lysis buffer that won't interfere with this ...
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What is the importance of urea in mass spectrometry?

What is the importance of urea in mass spectrometry? We use 8M urea to FASP our proteins prior to mass spectrometry. What is the significance of using 8M urea? and how does it affect the proteins?
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Extraction of arthropod embedded in animal tissue

I'd like to extract an ectoparasite from a biopsy of animal skin for subsequent identification. The mite is small, about 100 um, and embedded in a column of tissue. It's too small to manually excise ...
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Extracting cell-free DNA

Has anybody had any success in extracting cell free DNA from plasma without using expensive kits? I've already spent a lot of my own blood trying to use standard phenol/chloroform methods with very ...
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Do bacteria grow on pure dry glucose?

I've accidentally touched pure glucose with my bare hands (fingers to be specific), which was intended for cell-culture. I'm worried that bacteria from my skin may start to grow on the glucose and ...
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Respiration of an animal cell media

I want to do respiration process of an animal cell media in laboratory environment. I don't entirely sure how to supply it with Oxygen to the process because it is a gas, but not a liquid.
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Random Mutagenesis vs Directed Evolution as Strategies to boost expression

Do people use random mutagenesis (say using UV) to generate host variants that have high expression of a metabolite / enzyme? I've seen it mentioned as a strategy but it confuses me as to why. How ...
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Voltage sensitive dyes technique: What is the underlying measure?

I just discovered voltage sensitive dyes technique: first of all what imaging techniques do we use? And I have seen that figures are labeled with ΔF/F0, what does it stands for?
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Does adding antibiotic after 5-10 mins of innoculation affect the protein yield or growth?

I've asked a lab colleague the same question. She said, it would loosen the bacterial cells in the LB medium and plasmids would come out. Is that true? and why?
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Optimizing Gel Electrophoresis: Ampere, Volts and Buffer concentrations

I am a master student in biochemistry, and I have used gel electrophoresis many times before. What I want to know is how one should adjust the mA (mAmpere) compared to the voltage and the buffer one ...
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Measuring fitness / lifetime reproductive success (LRS) in Drosophila

I am planning a fitness assay of Drosophila melanogaster. I'd like to get a good measure of lifetime reproductive success (lrs) but I don't want to count all the offspring produced over a lifetime by ...
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Pooling for qPCR

I am comparing miRNA expression levels in 3 different groups but I am low on money and time. I have to get some preliminary results to get the actual research going so I decided to pool my samples and ...
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Stable isotope sample preparation: Bone Collagen

I am performing research in which I need to extract bone collagen from the foot bones of American Beaver (Castor canadensis). I have read through the literature fairly thoroughly on both the ...
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Help analyzing SDS-Page gel

In this experiment, we transformed a truncation of the NFAT protein sequence into a plasmid vector to be expressed in E.Coli as a fusion protein with GST. We also attempted to transform the normal ...
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How would one identify cellular transcription factors associated with a viral protein in a treated cell line?

I've been working as the computer guy for a microbiology lab for the past few months. I've always been interested in bench work, but my wet lab experience is rather limited and thus so is my ...
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Why is it advised to avoid bubble formation during mixing?

I have been told not to vortex solution containing protein. The reason I was given is bubble formation. Here I am interested in the effect of bubble formation in general.
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Amplification technique for proteins similar to PCR for DNA?

I know PCR can be used to amplify a tiny sample of DNA in order to perform experiments. Is there a similar technique to use on a protein sample? More specifically, I'm not interested in "cutting" up ...
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Resolution of X-ray crystallography

A structure determined by X-ray crystallography has a resolution of 1.5 Å. When I look at the coordinates, I find every backbone C-N distance is 1.32 Å.i.e. Accurately predicted. If resolution is not ...
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Why do I get such a strong background in a detection of DIG-labeled DNA (Southern Blot)?

I have done a Southern Blot Analysis of DNAmt transferred to nylon membranes. The DNA was firstly loaded on a 2% agarose gel. An immunoassay was done to detect the bands using Anti-Digoxigenin ...
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In CRISPR bacteria, how does viral genomes get integrated into the spacers of CRISPR? Also, in its use, where does Cas9 cut the DNA?

I've been out of Biology for about a year polishing my programming skills. I know CRISPR/Cas9 allows targeted 'cutting' of DNA via RNA-guidance. Few questions regarding this. Regarding to its natural ...
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Why do PCR manufacturers recommend assembling the reaction mix on ice?

Many PCR manufacturers recommend preparing the reaction mix for the reaction on ice. For example, here is NEB's recommendation for their Q5 polymerase. Other manufacturers also include similar steps: ...
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Can you measure plasma glucose with a regular glucose meter?

I'm wondering if plasma glucose can be measured with a regular glucose meter and strips like this. I know these meters are normally used to measure whole blood glucose, but can they measure plasma ...
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what benefits does lab procedure Realtime PCR have in gene silencing experiments? [closed]

RT-PCR performed in gene silencing but mechanistically what are the benefits of this procedure?