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MinION: Optimizing a Sequencing Run

Adventures with the MinION Part III: Optimizing Protocols and Technology For Success As mentioned in previous posts (found here and here), optimization of this immature technology is one of the major hurdles users face.   In order to help others...

MinION: Oxford NanoPore’s DNA sequencing Innovation

Adventures with MinION Part I: Understanding ONT’s DNA sequencing technology The 50th anniversary of the historic double helix DNA model came three years after the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP).  Providing industrialized methods of DNA sequencing, this project...

MinION: Learning Curve, Challenges, and Critiques

MinION: Learning Curve, Challenges, and Critiques

Adventures with the MinION II: Challenges and Drawbacks to the Novel Technology Oxford Nanopore Technology’s (ONT) MinION has garnered considerable excitement, for good reason.  It’s suitable for labs on a limited budget, who work with DNA samples in the field,...

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Essential Social Media Tools

Many scientists think that they don’t have the time to develop a presence in social media. Like many people in other trades, scientists are busy and cannot spend half of their day on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Many...

I Hate Science (not really)

“People who have dedicated their lives to science.  People who made a decision when they were about 16 years old to focus on science, who went through four years of undergrad and an average 6 years of graduate school, and...

Why design DNA?

I published a blog post entitled “Cloning forever” in which I show how biologists struggle with the notion of design applied to recombinant DNA. I hypothesize that most molecular biologists are still very focused on deriving new plasmids from existing...

Cloning forever

No design needed! Over the last six months, I spent considerable time and efforts trying to engage biologists in discussions about the design of expression vectors. My goal has been to better understand the design rules applicable in different domains...

Synthetic Biology Products and Applications

The Synthetic Biology Project of the Wilson Center has just released a directory of Synthetic Biology Products and Applications. This is another great community resource that will make it easier for all stakeholders to get a better vision of existing and...

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