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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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Workspace preparation and cleanup for DNA work [duplicate]

What steps should be taken in a molecular lab environment to help ensure that DNA samples/stocks are not contaminated, or contaminate other objects in the lab?
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How long can a human neuron live outside the body in a controlled environment?

Have there been any experiments that have kept neurons alive (stationary), without preserving methods such as freezing? If yes, then how long were the cells kept alive for?
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How does a TOPflash/FOPflash assay work to detect beta-catenin protein expression?

I am reading an article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3596711/) wherein a TOPflash/FOPflash assay is used to detect beta-catenin protein levels in a COS-7 cell line. I can't find a good ...
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Should the length of the electrodes in the electrophoresis chamber be proportional to chamber's size?

I am trying to build a small horizontal electrophoresis chamber from scratch. I want to use it for comet assay and I will be using only 1 slide, so it's going to be about 3cm wide, 10cm long and 4cm ...
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Does glycerol in E.coli culture media somehow inhibit the lac-operon?

I have have been taught that one should induce protein expression with IPTG at an OD of about 1.0 - 2.0 when E.coli grows it TB media (terrific broth). As a reference point, one typically induces ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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At what g force do bacteria start to pellet down a tube?

I am working with C. elegans and bacteria and I want to get rid of the bacteria they eat by centrifuging the worms without centrifuging the bacteria. I am using a g-force of 600 and the bacteria ...
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What happens during fixation of Nucleic acids on nylon membrane

In Southern blotting technique, fixation of DNA to nylon membrane is a step prior to hybridisation with probe. It is done by baking at 80ºC and according to this cross linking between DNA and nylon ...
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How urination prior to blood test may give error?

Source: Textbook of Practical Physiology, 4th Edition according to it urination within 30 minutes is a precollection factor that may alter the results of blood test. I am unable to comprehend how ...
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Propagating errors for percentage reduction

Need a bit of help for this particular problem. I have three averages collected from three genotypes (A, B, and C) and their associated SD (a, b, and c). A is my control. I have been asked to ...
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Nucleic acid extractions

Is it fine to leave pulverized plant tissue in CTAB buffer at -80 degrees over night? will the buffer remain effective to generate good quality nucleic acids?
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plausible science for why an enzyme breaks down a substrate better at 4 degrees rather than 20 degrees [closed]

An enzyme was found to have an optimal temperature of 20 degrees. The same enzyme in sheep liver extract was found to have an optimal temperature of 4 degrees. What are some of the factors that can ...
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Where am I going wrong in a Reactive Oxygen Species Assay done in N9 cells?

I have followed the modified protocol that was given to me by my senior (who was using for his RAW 264.7 cells - Reference article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3308605/ ) for ...
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Travelling with tissue samples in RNAlater

I've been in Brazil collecting some samples (ants) and need to travel back to to the UK with - I've got their brains stored in RNAlater, which have been in the freezer at -4C for a bit less than a ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Removal of the Initial Methionine in Venus for FRET

I'm working on building some FRET reporters. In addition to a cleavage site (of varying composition from 15-18AA), a 1 AA linker, I'm using Venus and Cerulean. Initially I was worried that 18AA ...
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What tests can be performed to test the purity and quality of the raw peptide HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

What tests could be run to test the purity and type of HCG? We are looking to purchase HCG from China but the purity and quality varies between labs, we are able to receive samples of the raw peptide ...
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How to attract Cyanobacteria?

I would like to attract cyanobacteria in one spot on an object (e.g. cloth,) instead of having it swim in the media. my current method is to pour it on the object in a beaker and wait for some of them ...
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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 me ...
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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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Purifying a linear plasmid after restriction digest?

I expressed a yeast vector in E.coli and purified about 13µg of it. I then linearized it using a restriction enzyme, and attempted to gel purify it. I attempted this twice. The gel showed a clear ...
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What kind of detergent should I use in cell culture laboratory for cleaning purposes?

I work on establish a cell culture laboratory in the company where I work. All equipment are new and I want to clean lab before I start to work with cells. Is there any special detergent for cleaning ...
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Beginner question about growing E. coli

I have bought a hobbyist kit which involves growing E. coli. The steps said to grow the E. coli on an LB agar Petri dish overnight. No incubation devices were included in the kit. I let the E. coli ...
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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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Why do people remove excess solution after they put on a coverslip?

Today, my classmate and I stained a slide of cheek cells. After we put on a coverslip, our teacher said that we are supposed to remove excess solution using a tissue. Why should we do this? I am so ...
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On which amino-acids residue is the SDS acting on?

I would like to know exactly what is the mechanisme of the SDS, and I would like to know on which amino-acids residue the SDS is acting on. Can you help me please ? Thank you in advance !
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Trypsin and cell culture

I am doing an experiment where I have treat the cells with a drug and calculate their counts. I would like to know if is bad to trypsinize the cells in consecutive days i.e. twice within 48 hours. How ...
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Plasmid maintenance

I have obtained some plasmids used as integration vectors, this question may apply to all plasmids. I would like to have a somewhat continuos source for these plasmids, let's say that the origin of ...
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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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Fine permanent fluorescent marker for blue light

I am looking for a fine- (or small-)tipped permanent marker to write on Petri dishes that is visible under a blue light or a transilluminator. It would seem obvious, but it is a nuisance. The ...
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How to safely sterilize urea-containing growth medium?

I'm using urea-containing growth medium for experiments with bacteria (1-2 l/day). After the experiment, the growth medium has to be sterilized and disposed. I did this so far by autoclaving, but our ...
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DNA gel extraction: chemical contaminants

I am performing a gel extraction to purify DNA after a double digest with EcoRI and BamHI. After the gel extraction I need to complete a ligation step before bacterial transformation. The problem I ...
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Low-tech or low-cost technique for quantitative estimation in enzymology

If an accurate measurement of enzymologic quantities is needed, then following established methods in the field is necessary. However, it is sometime of great usefulness to ballpark a value before ...
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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 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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Should I use RNAseZAP on my bench and pipettes before RNA extraction?

Should I spray RNAseZAP on my bench and pipettes before working with RNA? I am regularly using RNase at my bench and would like to work with RNA as well. Could traces of RNase on my equipment degrade ...
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Why marker and control are loaded in the beginning or ending lane of the gel?

I have seen gel images in several literature. Almost in all, markers and controls are loaded in the extreme lanes (before 1st sample or after last sample) of the gel. I am just curious, is there any ...
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HELP hepes preparation [closed]

I need help: I would like to prepare an HEPES solution, without using the powder. It is possible? I remember that I did it once, but maybe I'm wrong...does someone know a protocol for HEPES ...

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