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A 10-Step “Protocol” for Antibody Search

Posted by on October 12th, 2017

I remember when I first started grad school. I was pumped about my project, examining the signaling and physiological role of a novel dopamine receptor complex. We had experienced research associates, state-of-the-art equipment, and bold hypotheses. I was ready to take the first step on the road of biomedical discoveries. Then I faced my first[…]

€1000 Travel Award for Life Science Researchers

Posted by on October 9th, 2017

Hi Everyone, I thought I would post our travel award for life science researchers which might be of interest. At Antibody Genie we run a quarterly travel award for Life Science researchers, all you need to enter is to write an 800 word blog piece on your research area or write a piece on your[…]

Converting excellent spreadsheets to tidy data

Posted by on October 6th, 2017

Structuring data according to the ‘tidy data‘ standard simplifies data analysis and data visualisation. But understanding the structure of tidy data does not come naturally (in my experience), since it is quite different from the structure of data in spreadsheets or tables. Here, I explain how to convert typical spreadsheet data to tidy data to[…]

Why Independent Antibody Reviews? 5 Problems They Overcome to Facilitate Rigor & Reproducibility

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

  In the internet age, what’s the first thing you do before spending money on anything? Right: Go online and read reviews. Well, the same behavior applies with buying antibodies. We look to publications like “reviews,” to ensure antibodies have produced reliable data in similar experimental contexts.   While sifting through publications is the gold standard for finding[…]

PokeMods! An educational outreach initiative

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

  Getting the next generation of scientists excited about Biology is an important part of our jobs as researchers. To that end Karine Nedoncelle, Aurelien Doucet and I created PokeMod cards. Each card features a model organism and highlights some of its contribution to the field of biology. The cards are easy to deploy at[…]

Advocacy for Developmental Biology

Posted by on August 30th, 2017

To promote Developmental Biology and bring across the importance of fundamental research in this field, we all should have our elevator pitches ready at all times – whenever there is an opportunity to engage with audiences about our discipline – be it with the public, students, fellow scientists or policy makers. This is a first[…]

Scales in scientific images

Posted by on August 6th, 2017

I recently saw drawings by Maria Sybilla Merian at Kupferstichkabinett Berlin and the University Library Dresden. Merian, who lived from 1647 to 1717, is renowned for her exceptional illustrations of biological specimens and gained recognition as a scientist for her nature observations, for example, of insect metamorphosis.     Merian evidently was genius in choosing[…]

9.5 million knockout mouse embryo images now available

Posted by on July 20th, 2017

A new set of DMDD embryo and placenta data has been released, taking our total dataset to 9.5 million images of around 1300 embryos. DMDD is a primary screen of embryonic lethal knockout mice, and all data can be freely accessed at dmdd.org.uk. Detailed phenotypes are available for embryos from 73 different knockout lines, and[…]

A New (and open-access!) Antibody Search Platform: BenchSci

Posted by on July 13th, 2017

Antibodies are one of the most commonly used research reagents. However, due to their innate variability, finding the right antibody can be a challenge. Scientists devote a significant amount of time sifting through the literature to find antibodies that have been shown to work under specific experimental contexts matching their research interests. This process often[…]

Biotagging: Behind the scenes (and beyond)

Posted by on May 16th, 2017

“It finally got accepted!”, fol­­lowed by “It’s finally out!” about a month later. I am certain this ‘finally’ feeling about their paper is very familiar to those well-acquainted with the peer review process, and it was no different for our recently published Resource article. The ‘biotagging paper’, as we call it within the Sauka-Spengler lab,[…]