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Nanopore Cage Allows for Experiments in Single DNA Molecule

Researchers from Brown University have created the first cage that can hold a single DNA molecule. The finding, published this month in Nature Communications, will allow performing single-molecule experiments in a physically defined space of 6.2 femtoliters helping avoid diffusion-related problems of biopolymers in solution that make it difficult to study the same molecule for a […]

Smartphone Diagnosis

Quick Smartphone Based HIV Test

“There’s an app for that!” this particular sentence now holds even true for low cost STD tests on smartphones. To be technically correct, there’s an app and a microfluidic dongle that test for HIV and syphilis in less than 15 minutes. Lead by Samuel K. Sia who earlier were responsible for the mChip. The Columbia […]

Confirmed Vibrational Bond

New Chemical Bond Confirmation Calls to Revise Science Textbooks

Researchers in Canada have proven the existence of a hypothetical chemical bond called ‘vibrational bond’, predicted more than 25 years ago. The bond hypothesized by Donald Fleming from University of British Columbia way back in 1989, was confirmed by researchers in a reaction between bromine and muonium- a hydrogen isotope. Fleming had predicted the formation of an intermediate […]

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MinION Data from Human Gene Sequencing Released

University of Toronto scientists have released data on the first reported use of Oxford Nanopore’s MinION to sequence human DNA. With a low throughput sequencing rate, the device is not recommended for sequencing high complexity genes. Its best suited and recommended for low complexity bacterial, viral and simple eukaryote gene sequencing. However, the researchers believe […]

Nanoscale 3D printing

New High Precision 3D Printer Line Launched at CES

A startup known as Old World Labs is presenting its new line of nanoscale 3D printers at the annual 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Not sure why CES was chosen to launch something that is meant for labratories, the 3D printer is aimed for scientific research that requires nano-scale precision. The new line […]

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Paper Demystifies “the Great Plate Count Anomaly”

Researchers have found out one of the main reasons behind irregularities in gel based bacterial cultures.  Formation of Hydrogen Peroxide in the culture medium as the result of auto-claving turned out to be the culprit. For a very long time researchers have scratched their heads over their inability to culture microorganisms that they can easily […]

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Profoundly Improved WriteLaTeX Rebrands as Overleaf

WriteLaTeX is rebranding itself to WriteLatex to Overleaf, thereby indicating the completion of its transition from an online Latex document editing system to a whole new way of writing, editing, sharing and reviewing not just scientific papers but also books, resumes, formal letters, posters, presentations and even homework assignments. What started as a way to collaborate over […]

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Nature Opens Doors: All Papers Now Freely Available, Well Almost!

Update: In a very obvious and necessary move, the 144 year old Nature Publishing Group has made all its 48 journal’s open access  free to access. Through ReadCube, users will be able to read, share and annotate articles freely. Although ReadCube’s proprietary software does not allow downloading, printing or making copies of the papers. ReadCube is similar to […]

Rapid Genome analysis

Google Enters Genome Storage with Google Genomics

Google has launched the low cost genome storage service Google Genomics. The company can now store and compare thousands –and soon millions- of genomes in their servers. Google Genomics is expected to prompt new discoveries and better diagnostics by comparing an unprecedented number of genomes using the company’s technology. Amazon, IBM and Microsoft will soon be […]

Cryopreservation

World’s First Automated System for Thawing BioSpecimens

BioCision is launching the world’s first automated sample thawing system, aimed to help efficiently thaw frozen samples automatically. Anyone who has worked in a laboratory has to deal with thawing samples, knows that patience is the key. Some of the old techniques of thawing under threat are dipping in warm water bath, rolling in hands or holding […]

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