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Questions relating to protocols, procedures, and good practice when using laboratory equipment.

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What is the proper way to dispose of a medicinal substance?

Is there a protocol or a set of guidelines to safely dispose off a batch of expired drugs (as a manufacturer)? I guess the process may vary for different drugs. My specific question regarding the safe ...
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Batch several sequences for absent restriction sites

I have a collection of about 120 7kB sequences I would like to check for ether a list of specific restriction sites, or what restriction sites might be absent in all of them. Is there a app or ...
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Interpretation of qPCR results for low expression genes

I am attempting to validate existence of a transcript using 40 cycle qPCR. I designed primers for a unique feature of this transcript, and also designed primers for a sequence in the transcript that ...
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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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Improving throughput of CFU plating?

In a separate question I've described my general experimental setup where I need to measure the number of live cells in a growing bacterial culture in a fairly rapid and high-throughput manner. In ...
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Which is the best way to fix and preserve comet assay slides before staining with Ethidium Bromide?

I want to use the method of Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis (comet assay). I have many samples, but I don't have the appropriate microscope. So I have to preserve my slides until the time comes for ...
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Western blotting of lung samples [duplicate]

I have been working on lung samples to perform western blotting. I have two related questions about this: I get very nonspecific results: at times nothing at all, at times it glows on membrane but ...
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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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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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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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What is meant by 4 –12% or 8% SDS-PAGE?

I am reading a journal paper and I am looking at the materials and methods section. Regarding the Western blot method in the paper, I have come across the following statement: Proteins were separated ...
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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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probe amplification in MLPA

I'm reading an article about MLPA (Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification) and I got stuck on this sentence: The advantage of splitting the probe into two parts is that only the ligated ...
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Is there any reason to use an upright microscope over an inverted microscope?

I've never actually owned an inverted microscope, but it seems it has only advantages compared to an upright microscope: taller, heavier samples; no crashing the objective into the glass slide; easier ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to watch a Zebrafish embryo in detail?

How much microscope zoom would I need to watch the development of a Zebrafish embryo in certain detail? Thanks guys!
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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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bunsen vs meker for best sterile field [closed]

I need one bunsen and i have a friend that sells me a bunsen-meker burner. I see that bunsen-meker burners have more flame diameter, so should have more diameter of sterile field, but i dont know XD ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is thrombin time (TT) normal range longer than prothrombin time (PT)?

Reference range for the TT is longer than that of the PT.
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Aseptic technique: a single technique, or any technique fulfilling criteria, or collection of said techniques?

My friend just used the following sentence in her lab report: Aseptic technique is used in this step: I immediately felt something was wrong. She used the term as if it were a specific technique. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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?
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How can I clone a gene into a plasmid vector with an N-terminal his tag and TEV cleavage site between the tag and the start of the sequence?

I'm a scientist who has significant experience in chemistry but am relatively new to molecular biology and biochemical techniques. I'm trying to make an isolated domain of a protein (166 residues, 19....
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Enzyme inhibitor leads to higher turnover rate?

I'm currently working on a project where I have to deal with enzyme inhibition. The purified enzyme shows a good substrate turnover. When I try to inhibit it with different inhibitors described in ...
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Why is transferrin saturation so low?

Transferrin Saturation (TS) is a common laboratory test and its values can be used to diagnose a variety of medical conditions. In healthy humans, and I assume it is the same for other species, TS is ...
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What statistical test would you recommend to compare two animal behavior sampling methods?

I am doing a lab where I am comparing the scanning method and focal animal method. Each method will give me the following: Scanning method: occurrence frequency for each behavior (%), focal animal ...
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How to do manual Saccharomyces tetrad separation with minimal equipment?

I would like to separate the four ascospores from individual asci by manual microscopic manipulation without at micro-manipulator and a basic dissecting microscope capable of 600X total magnification ...
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question on brain dissection

I was dissecting a sheep's brain for my students and one of them asked a question about the corpora quadrigemina he asked why did two of them(the superior colliculus) look more red than the other two ...
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Coronavirus and temperatures

An article on bioRxiv, Evaluation of heating and chemical protocols for inactivating SARS-CoV-2, recommends certain treatments to inactivate SARS-Cov-2 for lab work. The abstract notes: "Although ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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