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The Science of Cryogenics

Labs have been using cryogenics for years to store human and animal tissue samples, cell lines, and extracts. Freezing ultimately helps preserve these samples, but for large...

A Brief History of PCR and Its Derivatives

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one of the most universally used techniques in biology. It’s an integral part of any student’s curriculum and most...

Pluripotent Stem Cells: Changing the Way We Study & Treat Disease

Just a couple years ago, I was a research associate working at McGill University in the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, studying a rare disease called lymphangioleiomyomatosis,...

Using 3D Printing to Build Organs, Implants, and Medical Devices

When you hear 3D printing, what do you think of? Perhaps you imagine creating inanimate objects like chairs, wrenches, or toys out of construction...

How Vaccines are Made

The main purpose of any vaccine is to stop the spread of communicable diseases from one person to another and, where possible, to abolish...

Developing Artificial Life from Scratch

Science has recently begun to establish some of the tools that might let us develop a form of synthetic life. Developing cells from scratch...

Tracking Cells With Barcodes: Beyond the Label

Barcodes are used worldwide as one of the most efficient means of tracking packages and containers. However, the use of barcodes is not solely...

The Neurobiology of Love & Relationships

Valentine’s day is a special day for couples around the world. For those who believe that love is blind, it doesn’t really matter how...

Using Sex to Identify Mislabeled Samples

Gene expression microarrays generate extremely high amounts of transcriptomic data. These datasets may account for thousands of genes from hundreds of different individuals and...

The Current State of CRISPR/Cas9 Technology

CRISPR/Cas9, originally discovered in 1987 by a team of Japanese scientists and later refined by Jennifer Doudna in 2012, is a gene-editing tool that...

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Preventing Sample Tampering With Tamper-Evident Labels

Tamper-evident labels are an easy and convenient way to deter sample tampering and are a great tool for biobanks, forensic labs, and medical clinics. Tampering...

Laboratory Cold Storage Temperature Guide

Labs invariably have a large variety of biological samples, reagents, and solutions that need to be properly stored, for the short or long-term. However,...

The History of Cervical Cancer Screening

Though cervical cancer has likely existed for far longer, its official discovery occurred as recently as 1886, when Sir John Williams described a lesion...

Research Spotlight: Umme Uzma Haveri, CEO of Labmate.io

This week’s Research Spotlight focuses on Umme Uzma Haveri, a former Master’s student turned entrepreneur who founded Labmate.io, a company that develops software to...