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From the archives: Lab life

Posted by , on 3 September 2021

With a new academic year upon us, we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to highlight some older content on the Node that, we hope, will help your year be a successful one.

The topic of this post is lab life. A lot of the posts of the Node concern lab life and we hope that these give a flavour of doing research in a range of settings.

Look no further than our Day in the life series to find out the day-to-day realities of working with a variety of model organisms. Currently our ‘zoo’ has 42 occupants, but we are keen to add more. We also have a compare and contrast post from Ashrifia Adomako-Ankomah who describes working on sea urchins, zebrafish and chick embryos.  Read the post to find out which one comes out as the winner!

If you are interested in the ups and, surprisingly often, downs of doing research, then our Behind the paper stories are the ones for you.

Lastly we would like to focus on collaborations. With the days of single author publications far behind us, it is increasingly infrequent to see single lab publications. Many of these collaborations are interdisciplinary and we have some excellent posts taking you through how these come about and how they work.

We really enjoyed the light-hearted take from the Escudero group on their intra- and interlab collaborations.

Whilst Miriam Rosenberg and Suparna Ray introduce us to the unnamed contributor to their paper – collaboration

Finally, Mina Ali sets out how collaborations should work with between wet lab researchers and bioinformaticians and how to get the best out of them.

If you have model organism you would like to add to our or collection, or a story of lab life you would like to share, please get in touch. You are also welcome post it directly onto the Node. Details of how to register with the Node can be found here. You can contact us at

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