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Celebrating life – it’s DNA Day on April 25!

National DNA Day commemorates the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953, as well as the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Looking at the history of DNA timeline, the landmark discovery of James Watson, Francis Crick and colleagues was based on foundations previously laid down by several other scientists. Although Friedrich… Read article →


Reproducibility matters…

… and it matters in more areas than one might think. No matter which industry you work in, loss of trust from not being able to deliver reproducible results is one of the worst things that can happen. As Warren Buffett has said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to… Read article →

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Meet a microbiome researcher: Q&A with Dr. Nicolette Zhou

As a part of our microbiome research interview series, we spoke with Dr. Nicolette Zhou who is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Environmental and Occupational Health Microbiology Lab, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Dr. Zhou received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and in collaboration with… Read article →


Smoothing the path to successful RNA isolation

I’m always excited to watch curling during the Winter Olympics – great teams from around the world competing and aiming for nothing less than gold. It might look easy as they try to get the stone as close to the button as possible. But it is really much more difficult, because there are so many… Read article →