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Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Protein Characterization Utilizing Unique New Capabilities from a Dynamic Light Scattering Instrument

Protein Characterization Utilizing Unique New Capabilities from a Dynamic Light Scattering Instrument
The molecular weight of biological materials and polymers can be determined from both static light scattering (SLS) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments using Malvern's Zetasizer Nano. In addition the molecular size of very small molecules in solution can be measured using the Zetasizer Nano, both as a batch measurement in cuvettes, and with the use of a flow cell, as a detector at the end of a chromatography column.

Friday, 7 December 2007

Cell Signaling: Chasing Down Kinases And Their Targets

Cell Signaling: Chasing Down Kinases And Their Targets
Signaling pathways are everywhere. We couldn’t live without them – both the intracellular pathways that govern the interior workings of cells, and the pathways involved in intercellular communication, and the communication of cells with their physical environment. But these nicely organized... more...

No More Slab Gels for DNA and RNA

No More Slab Gels for DNA and RNA
eGene Inc., now a Qiagen company, sells the HDA-GT12TM Genetic Analyzer for the separation and detection of DNA/RNA molecules. The HDA system automatically handles samples in 12-well strips or a 96-well tray, gives DNA resolution up to 2-5 bp, uses less than 1 µL sample volume, and provides DNA size and concentration data in digital format. This analyzer combines automatic gel electrophoresis and accurate gel documentation in one compact system.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Get a head start on your writing this festive season

Get a head start on your writing this festive season

If you're going to give the traditional Christmas telly a miss this year (how many times have you watched reruns of Only Fools and Horses or Mary Poppins!) to instead start work on your final dissertation or making serious headway on your thesis, you might want to think about treating yourself to a tool that will make creating citations and bibliographies a hundred times quicker and simpler. EndNote makes working with literature references easier at every stage, from capturing and organising relevant extracts, to using them in your writing.

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This case study shows how EndNote helped a team of researchers from the Association for Children's Palliative Care charity (ACT) gather together and organise relevant research to create a bi-annual journal called PaedPalLit. The journal delivers a complete, easy-to-reference guide to the latest palliative care research, providing an invaluable source of information to busy practitioners, clinicians and affected families.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2007

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Monday, 3 December 2007

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Roche's Trypsin Recombinant, Proteomics Grade is a highly purified protease especially designed for the digestion of proteins separated by 2-D gel electrophoresis or liquid chromatographic methods in the course of sample preparation for mass spectrometry. The enzyme is free of contamination from other proteases, and features high specific activity and a reproducible cleavage pattern, leading to faster digestions and more accurate identification of proteins in mass spectrometry. Roche's broad range of sequencing-grade proteases also includes Lys-C, Glu-C, Asp-N, Arg-C, Chymotrypsin, and Carboxypeptidase Y.

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Friday, 30 November 2007

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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Purification of miRNA from FFPE Sections

Purification of miRNA from FFPE Sections

The miRNeasy FFPE Kit from QIAGEN enables purification of total RNA that includes miRNA and other small RNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue sections including laser capture microscopy samples. Fixing tissues with formalin leads to RNA–RNA and RNA–protein crosslinking, which impairs RNA performance in downstream applications. The miRNeasy FFPE Kit reverses formalin crosslinking and releases RNA from tissue sections while avoiding further RNA degradation. Optimized binding conditions allow purification of all usable RNA from approximately 18 nucleotides upwards. The purified RNA delivers maximal performance in a range of applications, including real-time PCR. To find out more about the miRNeasy FFPE Kit and QIAGEN's comprehensive range of miRNA research technologies, please visit the link below.

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This product is based on gaussia luciferase, a secreted luciferase that is more than a 1000 times brighter than firefly or renilla luciferases. When it comes to screening compounds that affect the activity of a weak promoter, an assay type and readout method can make the difference between actually finding compounds or proteins of interest and not finding them. Gaussia luciferase is extremely attractive for drug screening involving weak promoters. Ease of use, elimination of cell lysis, signal stability, and high signal intensity make the Secreted Gaussia Luciferase System a powerful tool for high-throughput applications. Targeting Systems also offers a dual luciferase reporter system based on gaussia luciferase with firefly luciferase as the second reporter.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Reproducibility in Protein Biomarker Research WEBINAR

Reproducibility in Protein Biomarker Research WEBINAR

Please join our panel of experts on 5 December 2007 for a live online
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Mass spectrometry is an extremely powerful and sensitive technology that
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Timothy D. Veenstra, Ph.D.
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National Cancer Institute at Frederick
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Toni Whistler, Ph.D.
Chronic Viral Diseases Branch
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Thursday, 1 November 2007

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007

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Monday, 22 October 2007

PCR.ppt- Microsoft PowerPoint


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Friday, 19 October 2007

ARK-Genomics conference 2008: 3rd International Symposiumon Animal Functional Genomics (ISAFG)

ARK-Genomics conference 2008: 3rd International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics (ISAFG)

April 7th – 9th 2008

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Morrison Street, Edinburgh, UK

Official Conference Website:
(updated information about agenda, registration, abstract submission, accommodation and venue)

Registration and Abstract Submission will open on Friday, October 12th 2007
Reduced rates for PhD and first year post docs available.
Limited number of travel bursaries for young researchers available.

The 3rd International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics (ISAFG) will present opportunities to take stock of the current European and International position in animal functional genomics, identifying areas for collaborations and the development of new resources.

Increased exposure through the bringing together of two important conference series: 
1st European Farm Animal Functional Genomics Conference (ARK-Genomics) and
2nd International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics (Michigan State University)

The conference will be structured around the following themes:
“Genetics and QTLs”

“Bioinformatics and Data Mining”

“Animal Health”

“Functional Genomics meets Physiology”

“Animal Genomics in Industry”


“Systems Biology”

The ISAFG event will run in parallel with the launch of the EBRC, a new world class animal bioscience centre.
The keynote lectures by Professor John Quackenbush and Professor Michel Georges will highlight functional genomics and its impact on Systems Biology.

Additionally there will be 2 open sessions, a poster session with cheese &wine as well as a conference dinner.
As before, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2007

RNA In Situ Hybridization Protocol

96-well RNA In Situ Hybridization Protocol -

96-well RNA In Situ Hybridization Protocol. Probe Preparation, Cell Inoculation, PCR, RNA Probe Preparation, etc, Very In-depth Protocol and Method Conditions. Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project.

Milestones in DNA Technologies

Milestones in DNA Technologies

A collaboration from Nature, Nature Methods and Nature Reviews Genetics, Milestones in DNA Technologies will focus on ground-breaking technologies and advances in the analysis of DNA. It will contain articles from the participating journals and original commentaries written by personalities who have witnessed the unfolding, or consequences, of these milestone achievements.

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Sunday, 14 October 2007

Climate Scientists, Gore Share Nobel Peace Prize

Climate Scientists, Gore Share Nobel Peace Prize
Committee honors efforts to spread global awareness of climate change

Friday, 12 October 2007

Neuron SFN Satellite Meeting: Register Now!

Only 21 days until the meeting... Register to attend and Submit your Abstract today!

Neurons on the Map (just preceding the SfN meeting)
November 1, 2007
San Diego, CA

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Viral Metagenomics WEBINAR

Viral Metagenomics WEBINAR

Join an online seminar on 24 October 2007 entitled "A Viral Metagenomics Study of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder" presented by two eminent authors of a recently published Science paper.

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Colony collapse disorder (CCD) among honey bee populations in the United States has resulted in the loss of between 50% and 90% of hive colonies. Previous studies have pointed to the possibility that an infectious agent could be involved. A recent study published in Science magazine used unbiased metagenomic analysis to survey microflora present in normal and CCD-affected hives to determine whether a pathological agent could be linked to CCD. The authors found that the presence of one virus, Israeli acute paralysis virus of bees (IAPV), showed a strong correlation with colony collapse disorder. In addition to the important economical implications, this work also represents a novel use for massively parallel next generation sequencing technology which has enabled this type of high level metagenomic study.

You will hear our panel, which includes two of the study's authors, discussing:
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- the importance of study design and data analysis in metagenomics research
- how recent technological advances have made this type of study possible

W. Ian Lipkin, M.D.
Professor of Epidemiology and
Professor of Neurology and Pathology
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
New York , NY

Michael Egholm, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research & Development
454 Life Sciences
Branford , CT


Wednesday, 10 October 2007

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Real-time PCR Video for GM soybean DNA

PCR Animation

PCR Tutorial Animation

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Interleukin-1 binding to its receptor on a cell surface, created from structural data


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A video showing SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in ~120x time (constant voltage). Note the stained markers on the right.

Gel Electrophoresis and Blotting 2

Gel Electrophoresis and Blotting video

James giving a talk at Hunter College on Gel Electrophoresis and Blotting.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

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Monday, 8 October 2007

Stem Cell Primer

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Friday, 5 October 2007

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Thursday, 4 October 2007

NEW! Cell's Latest Podcast

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In our newest podcast, Dr. Emilie Marcus talks to Dr. Rudi Grosschedl about how gene regulation can be coordinated by interactions between chromosomes, and we hear from Dr. Jim Collins about a new way in which common antibiotics can kill bacteria. We also learn about some of the exciting research published in Cell in the last few months, including a study that shows how bones can keep you slim and give you energy. Listen to Cell's Podcast.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2007

ClonePix FL

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Nuclear Receptors in Liver and Digestive Diseases: A Research Workshop

Sponsored by: Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases (DEM) and
Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition (DDN)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Description of the Meeting:

The nuclear receptor (NR) superfamily of transcriptional regulators has been integrally involved in the regulation of a variety of genes related to such diverse cellular and systems processes as the control of development to the regulation of bile acid and cholesterol biosynthesis. Disruption of the NR signaling pathways has been implicated in a variety of disease states such as diabetes, obesity, liver diseases such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, and other endocrine-related disorders. Many of the NR-implicated liver diseases are areas of high priority for research as outlined in the Trans-NIH Action Plan for Liver Disease Research ( Additionally, the NIDDK has recognized the importance of NRs in a variety of disease states and currently supports the Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas (, an open access web portal for information about the NR superfamily.
This meeting will bring together scientists focused on the mechanisms and basic science of NR transcriptional regulation and translational and clinical investigators focused on the pathophysiology of digestive and liver disease states where an NR pathway has been implicated. Two keynote talks will cover the current basic understanding of NR regulation and the potential role of NR signaling dysregulation in the pathophysiology of disease conditions. Other talks will explore the known physiologic roles of ligands and receptors, such as sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR), retinoid X receptor (RXR), liver X receptor (LXR), and small heterodimer partner (SHP), and their downstream signaling in normal and in specific clinical conditions. The signaling mechanisms implicated in the development of obesity, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, diabetes, bile acid and cholesterol synthesis dysregulation, and so on, also will be explored.
The aim of this meeting is to review the present state-of-the art knowledge of NRs, to promote cross-fertilization among the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical investigators, and to integrate the current understanding of NR biology and the current clinical challenges for a variety of digestive and liver disease states. At the conclusion of the meeting, the organizers will define research challenges identified during the meeting. A meeting summary manuscript, including the research challenges identified, will be submitted for publication.


Edward Doo, Liver Disease Research Branch (LDRB), DDN, NIDDK
Ronald Evans, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Saul Karpen, Baylor College of Medicine
Joel Lavine, University of California at San Diego
Ronald Margolis, DEM, NIDDK
Patricia Robuck, LDRB, DDN, NIDDK

Locked Nucleic Acid-based arrays

The next generation of Exiqon's popular Locked Nucleic Acid-based arrays - the miRCURYTM LNA microRNA Array - is now available. With unmatched specificity, you can conduct expression profiling of a comprehensive range of microRNAs from any organism you like - vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and viruses, with unmatched sensitivity (sample from just 30 ng total RNA). You even have access to 150 proprietary microRNAs unavailable elsewhere (miRPlusTM). Our microRNA array platform is part of Exiqon's miRCURYTM product line, the most complete range of tools for microRNA analysis available today. The miRCURYTM tools enable you to seek, find and verify microRNAs - and to accelerate your discoveries.

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Additional GPCR Expressing Cell Lines Released

Lonza Releases Four New GPCR Expressing Cell Lines


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The pituitary hormone vasopressin (AVP) is a cyclic nonapeptide that acts by binding to a family of vasopressin receptors that includes the V1a, V1b, and V2 receptors. V1b receptors are expressed in the anterior pituitary where they mediate ACTH release.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2007

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Monday, 24 September 2007

EBook-Clinical Chemistry: A Laboratory Perspective

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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

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Saturday, 15 September 2007

eBook Mathematical Methods in Natural Science

Mathematical Methods in Natural Science

This book provides a general introduction to applied analysis; vector analysis with physical motivation, calculus of variation, Fourier analysis, eigenfunction expansion, distribution, and so forth, including a catalogue of mathematical theories, such as basic analysis, topological spaces, complex function theory, real analysis, and abstract analysis. This book also gives fundamental ideas of applied mathematics to discuss recent developments in nonlinear science, such as mathematical modeling of reinforced random motion of particles, semi-conductor device equation in applied physics, and chemotaxis in biology. Several tools in linear PDE theory, such as fundamental solutions, Perron's method, layer potentials, iteration scheme, are described, as well as systematic descriptions on the recent study of blowup of the solution. Link

eBook Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language


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Writing and Presenting in English:The Rosetta Stone of Science

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Writing and Presenting in English: The Rosetta Stone of ScienceThe Rosetta Stone of Science is a useful and practical guide to presenting scientific research in the English language. It is written specifically for scientists who would like to improve the effectiveness with which they use the English language and improve their communicative skills in order to become published and develop more confidence in presenting their work at international conferences.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Principles and Practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine Ebook

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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Tricine-SDS-PAGE Protocol

Tricine-SDS Page Protocol

The following reagents are needed in advance:

Gel monomer (30% acrylamide, 29:1). 29.0 g acrylamide and 1.0 g bisacrylamide are dissolved in a total volume of 100 mL MQ H2O. Store at 4 °C, protect from light.

Gel Buffer. Dissolve 181.7 g Tris base and 1.5 g SDS in 400 mL MQ H2O. Adjust the pH to 8.45 using concentrated HCl. Bring to a final volume of 500 mL with MQ H2O. Store at 4 °C.

Anode Buffer (Lower Buffer). Dissolve 12.11 g Tris base in 400 mL MQ H2O. Adjust to pH 8.9 with HCl. Bring to 500 mL with MQ H2O. Store at 4 °C

Cathode Buffer (Upper Buffer). Dissolve 6.055 g Tris base and 8.96 g Tricine in a total volume of 500 mL MQ H2O. Add 0.5 g SDS. Store at 4 °C.

NOVEX 2X Tricine-SDS sample buffer. For 10mL, mix the following:

3.0 mL 3.0 M Tris-HCl, pH 8.45
2.4 mL glycerol
0.8 g SDS
1.5 mL 0.1% Coomassie Blue G
0.5 mL 0.1% Phenol Red
Distilled water to 10 mL
Other Reagents Needed: TEMED (pure liquid), 10 % (w/v) ammonium persulfate (made freshly), 0.1% (w/v) SDS, and glycerol.

Gel Preparation

Prepare & Pour the Separating Gel: Note - enough for four Novex 1.0 mm mini-gel cassettes. This recipe is for a 12.0 % running gel. In a disposable 50 mL conical tube, mix the following:

12.0 mL of gel monomer.
10 mL of gel buffer
3.1 mL glycerol
4.8 mL MQ H2O
0.1 mL 10% ammonium persulfate.
Iniatiate polymerization by adding 40 uL of TEMED. Transfer to the gel cassettes; bring to approximately 1.5 cm from the top of gel blank (which is reserved for the stacking gel) and gently overlay with a small volume (ca. 0.5 mL) of 0.1% SDS. Polymerize for 30 min. Remove layer of SDS after the gel has polymerized.

Prepare & Pour the Stacking Gel: Note - enough for four Novex 1.0 mm mini-gel cassettes. This recipe is for a 4.0 % stacking gel. In a disposable 50 mL conical tube, mix the following:

1.25 mL of gel monomer
2.5 mL of gel buffer
6.25 mL H2O
0.05 mL 10% ammonium persulfate
Iniatiate polymerization by adding 20 uL of TEMED. Transfer to the gel cassettes and insert comb. Clamp along the top with binder clips to insure well formed wells. Polymerize for 30 min.

Running, Developing and Drying the Gel.

Sample Preparation Samples are prepared by mixing a equivalent volume of sample with an equivalent volume of NOVEX 2X Tricine-SDS sample buffer. The samples are then heated for 5 min in a boiling water bath, centrifuged for one minute,

Gel Setup and Run Parameters. Prior to loading, fill the upper buffer chamber with cathode buffer and the lower chamber with 250 mL of anode buffer. Electrophorese at constant current - 15 mA until the samples have migrated through the stack; 30 mA for the remainder of the run (until the tracking dye has migrated out from the lower slot).

Staining. Staining is accomplished by soaking the gel in a solution of 45% methanol, 45% deionized water, 10% acetic acid, and 0.25% (w/v) Coomassie Blue R-250 on a table top shaker for 30 minutes. The gel is then destained by soaking in a solution of 45% methanol, 45% deionized water, and 10% acetic acid on a table top shaker. Periodically replace with fresh solution until desired destaining is achieved.

Gel Drying. After destaining, the gel is prepared for drying by soaking it for five minutes in gel drying solution (5% glycerol/30% methanol). Next, soak a single piece of cellophane in the same gel dry solution for 30 seconds. Lay down the cellophane first, and the gel on top of this. Next soak the second piece of cellophane in gel dry solution for 30 seconds, and then overlay this on the gel to make a sandwich. Squeeze out any air bubbles and then clamp on upper frame. Dry at room temperature.

Other Protocols Links:


Hermann Schägger1 


Protocol adapted from Schägger, H., and G. von Jagow. 1987. Tricine-sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis for the separation of proteins in the range from 1 to 100 kDa. Anal. Biochem. 166:368-379, as modified by Lesse, A. J., et al. 1990. Increased resolution of lipopolysaccharides and lipooligosaccharides utilizing tricine-sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. J. Immunol. Methods 126:109-117.

Tricine-SDS-PAGE(ref Schagger, H., and von Jagow, G., Analytical Biochem. 1987, 166, 368-379)

17.5% Tricine SDS-PAGE Protocol(from Dr. Chen-ya Chien)

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