Molecular Minutes

Featuring Emily from @_biochemily_!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on May 13, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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This week, we're welcoming Emily, from @_biochemily_! She uses instagram to share her passion for cancer research and to journal her day-to-day challenges and victories. Her instagram channel is full of funny and relatable tidbits about science and her research life.

Being a scientist is about being resilient! Read on to get to know Emily's journey and how she saw herself grow as she wraps up her PhD program.


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Topics: #SciComm

A Guide to Lentivirus Production (Protocol, Tips, & more!)

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on May 1, 2020

Lentiviruses are a key tool in today’s field of biology as they provide a reliable way to achieve stable over-expression of a gene in your cells of interest. However, many scientists are confused about how to produce these genetic engineering marvels in their own labs.

In this blog post, we'll outline the steps for packaging lentiviruses, including:

  1. Considerations before you start
  2. Basic packaging protocol
  3. Infection test experiment
  4. Storing your lentiviruses
  5. Preventing contamination
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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Lentivirus, Cell Culture

Featuring Susan and Hayley from @Cancer.Research.Demystified!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on April 27, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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This week, we're introducing Susan and Hayley, science communicators putting their hearts and minds into cancer research and making it accessible for all! On their Instagram account @cancer.research.demystified, they debunk common cancer myths and share lab techniques for cancer research.

We were lucky enough to get a chance to ask them a few questions about their journey to becoming cancer research scientists!


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Topics: #SciComm

Featuring Instagram Science Communicator, Maria Ibrahim!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on April 15, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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Meet Maria Ibrahim, a science communicator and PhD student studying Cancer Biology and Molecular Biosciences. Maria uses her Instagram account @girlmeetsscience to share her journey in research with others and give tips for staying organized and productive!

We had the amazing opportunity to ask Maria a few questions about her research, the challenges she's faced as a Master's and PhD student and her advice on how to stay focused and organized. 


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Topics: #SciComm

Colon Cancer Biomarkers Guide

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on March 17, 2020

 

Did you know that colon cancer is more common in developed countries? Around 65% of cases are found in these regions.13 In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and is diagnosed in 1 out of every 10 diagnoses.1 As such, it is a major focus in cancer research.

Tumour markers are generally proteins expressed in normal/healthy and cancer cells, but are expressed at an abnormal level in cancer cells.2 Thus, tumour markers serve as a way to diagnose and detect some types of cancers, with immunohistochemistry (IHC) being an important tool for identifying different colon cancers.

In this article, we’ll discuss the gene expression landscape of colon cancer and identify key markers for this disease.

  1. Overexpressed genes
  2. Underexpressed genes
  3. Cell cycle markers
  4. Cell surface markers
  5. Summary of colon cancer markers
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Topics: Biomarkers Guide, Colon Cancer, Histology

Featuring Instagram Science Communicator, Daisy!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on February 20, 2020

We recognize that science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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Meet Daisy, a postdoc who's traveled halfway around the world on a mission to study retinal eye diseases. Daisy uses her Instagram and Twitter accounts to share information about her research, short videos from the lab and updates on her travels. We got the chance to ask Daisy a few questions to learn more about her and her research!


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Topics: #SciComm

Your Basic Guide to Cell Line Immortalization

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on February 12, 2020

 

You’ve probably heard the saying, “all good things come to an end” - especially when it comes to precious primary cell cultures that reach senescence after a few passages. Thanks to the development of immortalized cell lines, however, this is no longer true! In this blog post we’ll go over:

  1. What are immortalized cells
  2. Strategies for generating immortalized cells
  3. An overview of the immortalization workflow
  4. Cell line quality control considerations
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Topics: Cell Culture, Cell line

Featuring Instagram Science Communicator, Tori Quintana!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on February 4, 2020

We recognize science can seem difficult to young scientists, and we hope to raise awareness about people who make it fun and accessible to broader audiences through social media, #SciComm!

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Meet Tori Quintana, a science communicator and PhD student studying Cancer biology. Through her Instagram account @tinybutmightyscientist Tori shares the challenges and accomplishments she experiences both in her professional and personal life, and shares the advice she's learned! We got the chance to ask Tori a few questions about her research, her hobbies and her experience as a women in STEM. 

 


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Topics: #SciComm

We were cited in 3,000+ journals by the end of 2019!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on February 1, 2020

We are happy to announce that by the end of December 2019, abm's products have been cited in 3,000+ publications - our citations list is growing at an incredible rate!

View the complete list of publications here, which includes high-impact journals such as Cell, Nature, and Science.

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Topics: Announcement

RNA Mango: Track your RNA in Action!

Posted by Applied Biological Materials (abm) on January 28, 2020
Track your RNA in action with the novel RNA Mango fluorescent imaging system
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Topics: RNA Mango

Molecular Minutes

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