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All Synthetic Life is Here: The Work of J. Craig Venter

Reading about some of the achievements and goals of J. Craig Venter, you can’t help but feeling that this maverick and innovative scientist is thinking further out of the box than his contemporaries when it comes to understanding the genome …

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Microscope Condensers -The Overlooked Optics

The two main optical components of the microscope which are adjusted and changed whilst in use are the objectives and the eyepieces. However, the other optical component which is sometimes overlooked, especially by beginners unaware of Koehler Illumination, is the …

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Home for Winter: How Birds Utilise Quantum Physics in Migration

It’s around this time of the year that we watch some species of birds leave our country and our over-wintering visitors returning. Swallows make the six week journey back to Africa between September and October, covering around 200 miles each …

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Helping Cells and Sections to Stick: Cleaning, Sterilising and Coating Slides and Coverslips

Although we very briefly touched on slide coating in a previous article, I wanted to describe in more detail the many ways in which slides and coverslips are prepared for different purposes including growing cells on them and helping sections …

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Haemocytometers: You Can Count On Us!

Apart from the incubators and the Class II hoods, perhaps one of the most overlooked but important pieces of equipment in the cell culture lab is the haemocytometer. For accurate cell-seeding experiments and splitting cells, this thick glass slide is …

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Finder Slides: Finding and Re-Locating Areas of Interest on Microscope Slides

How often have you been scanning a new batch of slides and found an area of interest which you wish to show to a colleague or come back to at a later date? Marking the slide or the coverslip with …

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Here Comes The Sun: The Science of the Summer Solstice

Given the weather in the UK during most of May, you could be forgiven for thinking it was still spring (although, technically it was)! However, Sunday 21st June 2015 sees the summer solstice dawn upon us. So, what exactly is …

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Love in the Lab: Why Sexism is Still an Issue

Sexism in science reared its ugly and unwelcome head again recently when Sir Tim Hunt stood up on the 9th of June to address the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea. In front of an audience of …

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Helping Cells and Sections to Stick: Cleaning, Sterilising and Coating Slides and Coverslips

Although we very briefly touched on slide coating in a previous article, I wanted to describe in more detail the many ways in which slides and coverslips are prepared for different purposes including growing cells on them and helping sections …

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The Origins and Development of the Confocal Scanning Microscope

It all starts in New York City in the summer of 1927 with the birth of Marvin Lee Minsky. Following his high school education (and a brief stint in the US Navy during WW II), he went on to gain …

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