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Wrapped Christmas present

Christmas gifts for PCR users

It’s that time of the year when you are looking for Christmas gifts for the PCR-using scientist in your life. While of course, the best possible Christmas gift is the fastest and most accurate thermal PCR cycler, xxpress, we thought you might like some DNA-themed stocking filler ideas (in DNA socks of course), with some […]

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The genetics of Christmas

PCR has been a vital tool for genetics research, and this is even true at Christmas. The genetics of Christmas dinner A common Christmas argument is over sprouts, dividing the dinner table into those who love them and those who hate them. Genetics could be behind these frictions – people who taste sprouts as bitter […]

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Celebrating PCR at 30

In 2013, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) turned 30. To celebrate these, here’s a roundup of articles celebrating PCR on the web and from our archive. Start with PCR 101: An introduction to PCR, and then read PCR Turns 30, and find out more about the history of PCR. Learn about PCR, From the Past […]

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Fred Sanger

Fred Sanger (1918-2013): A remarkable man and a brilliant scientist

Frederick (Fred) Sanger, the brilliant scientist and father of genomics, has died aged 95. Describing himself simply as ‘a chap who messed about in his lab’, Sanger was a double Nobel Prize winner who paved the way to modern genomics. The son of a GP, Sanger studied biochemistry at Cambridge, completing his degree in 1939. […]

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Happy DNA Day: Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA

Happy 60th birthday to DNA on 23 April 2013, DNA Day! Today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of papers in Nature on the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953. A lot has happened since the publication of the three groundbreaking papers authored by Watson & Crick, Franklin and Gosling, and Wilkins, […]

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On being an imposter

You worked hard on your GCSEs in order to do your A-Levels.  Your A-Level grades got you into university and you were even accepted to do a master’s degree.  Your work as a master’s student got you noticed by an academic and you managed to secure funding for a PhD.  You’ve spent your academic life […]

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PCR in the festive season

Even though the big day is now over, Christmas is still very much in everyone’s thoughts, and PCR is just as important at Christmas than at any other time… Christmas Island The Christmas Island land crab Gecarcoidea natalis has a very different lifestyle at different times of the year. When it migrates annually for breeding […]

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Karly the Scientist

It won’t be news to you that being a scientist is more a vocation than a job.  I like to think of it as a vocation without vacations.  I’m often thinking about something PhD related when I fall asleep or when I’m on the bus.  But I find it creeps in deeper than that and […]

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The peace in qPCR

It’s no secret that qPCR is my bag; it’s been almost my sole focus since the summer of 2007.  I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert but over the years I’ve come to pick up some tips and tricks to help me produce good data and I thought I’d share: Look […]

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Intellectual property and your thesis

I’ve been at my PhD for almost 18 months now and I’ve come up against the barrier of intellectual property rights on more than one occasion. Intellectual Property (IP) is that which is created by an invention or design and then deemed to belong to its creator.  Life science companies use their IP rights all […]

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