One of the fastest growing areas in consumer tech, wearable fitness or activity trackers have captured the public imagination with growing levels of interest and adoption.
Science blog for labs who want to go digital
As a society living in a 21st century, we have just begun to realize how little do we know about our brain. We desperately need to understand how our brain works, so we can develop new treatments for different mental and neurological disorders. This has become one of the greatest challenges in modern science.
Let’s take a look back at how much genome sequencing used to cost during the span of the last 15 years. In 2001, for the price of sequencing 1 human genome, a person could buy 1000 Porsche 911 cars.
Being part of a large Genomics Core facility within an academic setting (Oxford Genomics Centre), my job partly entails research into and evaluation of potentially useful software tools.
At the end of the year it is time to look back and evaluate our work and make plans for the future. The 2015 has been busy for the Splice Blog and we are especially proud of the projects we have done or those we have supported.
Every time I went to visit some other laboratory, either at a University, Institute or in the Industry, I realized that the tools to manage their research workflows were different to those I was using. I asked myself, is there actually a list somewhere with different tools categorized in a comprehensive order?
There is a lot of buzz about crowdfunding scientific projects, but how successful are these campaigns? This is not an easy question, since scientists have numerous different crowdfunding platforms to choose from.
We are all familiar with phrases “How does the time fly!” or “A day should be 48 hours long!”. But on which tasks do scientists actually spend too much time?
Once upon a time there was a code. This was not a normal code, this was a very special code visible for only the select few, who had the permission to play (or tinker) with it. It was what we call today proprietary software.
“Open science is the idea that scientific knowledge of all kinds should be openly shared as early as is practical in the discovery process.”
The fields of biotechnology, chemistry, medicine and pharmaceutics have been undergoing an enormous process of digitalization for the past 10-20 years. Many programming languages and frameworks have emerged, each trying its best to attract as many followers as possible.
According to, by now quite a few years old, paper version of Random house Webster’s Unabridged dictionary, Second edition, entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
As a researcher I was very lucky to have great mentors and co-workers that were always happy to help me. They showed me new laboratory techniques and taught me I have to be very diligent with recording my scientific data.
Many scientific data analysis tasks, such as classification or pattern search cannot be solved easily and with high precision by computer algorithms.
What is DIY biology and how it can help you build your own lab?
What is crowdfunding and why is it so popular for the last few years?
The amount of time scientists spend analyzing their data has been steeply increasing since the late 1990s/early 2000s.
I have been training at updating my research skills for almost a decade now.
Is there a difference between scientists and researchers? Is one an occupation and the other a mission or lifestyle? Does it really matter in the end?
Budgets for science and academic research are being cut all around the world and many people are thinking about alternative careers.
More and more papers are retracted each year. In a reproducibility study Bayer was able to repeat only 14 out of 67 drug target research experiments from landmark papers. Amgen set out to repeat 53 key discoveries in the field of cancer and succeeded in only 6.
Sequencing throughput is only going to increase, and it is a worthwhile exercise to inspect one’s own bioinformatics set up to ensure readiness and modularity for future technologies and data. Use an Adapter design pattern now to avoid major headaches later!
How organized are you in the lab? Have you already developed these happy – researchers’- habits?
Meet Dr Afif Abdel Nour, Field Application Scientist for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Bio Rad Laboratories
INTERVIEW: Building a Successful and Dynamic Career – From Marine Biology and Genotyping to Latest Advances in NGS
Meet Michael Rhodes, Nanostring.
Meet Marcella Jackson, FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology).
Did you ever have to assess the costs of your qPCR experiments for a grant proposal, financial report or just out of curiosity? It may sound trivial to calculate but are you sure you didn’t miss anything? We decided to make your life easier and prepared a list of most intuitive web tools that can help you in different stages of qPCR experiment planning.
Meet Justin O’Grady, Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, University of East Anglia and Managing Editor of the BDQ Biomolecular Detection and Quantification Journal.
Meet Kevin Barrett, Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Gilson Inc.
Meet Dr. Neil Boonham of the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)