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Rigor and Reproducibility
  A recent report found that the published findings from 89% of preclinical studies in the field of cancer research – in particular, those deemed ‘landmark’ studies – were unable to be confirmed by other scientists [1]. The authors concluded that despite co...

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Anxiety and the U.S. Election
U.S. election season is reaching its zenith as we find ourselves in an endless tug of war between local and national political candidates, each vying for our vote. Emotions, including anxiety, are running high among candidates, electorates, and even from ot...

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CRISPR: From editing to imaging
Since the discovery of the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) pathway, the evolution of the gene editing technology has been astounding. Applications now include not only an easily implemented method for genetic modification ...

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The Evolution and Domestication of Yeast
Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a beer guy. While I’m a cell biologist by training one of my passions for quite some time is beer; whether it be tasting or brewing the beverage. In a recent article in the journal Cell , a group led by geneticist Kev...

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Gen5 3.0: Growing for the Future
It’s an exciting time here at the BioTek Headquarters in Winooski, Vermont!  We just had a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion to our manufacturing department that will allow us to better serve our growing global customers for years to come; we just la...

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So What Do You Do For Work?
For several years I have struggled with a very specific problem when meeting new people.  The problem is how to effectively answer the inevitable question: So what do you for work? I struggle answering this because my standard answer of “I work with a great...

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Using Automated Imaging and Cellular Analysis to Increase Throughput and Objective Result Generation in Genotoxicity Assays
Genotoxicity refers to the potential of in vivo or ex vivo agents, such as cancer-causing cellular mechanisms, environmental compounds, or chemical molecules to induce damage or alterations to DNA, genes and chromosomes. Testing for potential inducers that ...

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Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects a number of my friends in various degrees.  It’s a demyelinating disease in which the insulating cover, known as the myelin sheath, of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.  The result as you...

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How BioTek is Aiding the Cosmetics Industry in the Development and Testing of New In Vitro Non-Animal Based Epidermal Models
On May 11th I traveled to Finland to begin two weeks of scientific seminars at multiple customer sites across Europe. Many of the sites I visited in the south of France over the past week were dermatology companies interested in using BioTek's Cytation 5 Ce...

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Imaging and Analysis of Genotoxicity using Single Cell Gel/Comet Assay
On March 9, I had the privilege of co-presenting a webinar with Dr. Sachin Katyal from the University of Manitoba. The focus of the webinar was genotoxicity. Genotoxicity, or DNA damage, can be caused by environmental factors, behavior choices, or chemicals...
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