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Which DNA Ligase is the best choice for DNA Assembly?

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2022 By Nicole Kelesoglu

NEB researcher Katie Bilotti Ph.D. shares how deep characterization of end joining reactions reveals that ligase choice is vital for optimizing DNA assembly reactions, and more.

Topic: What is Trending in Science, Tips for the lab

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Monitoring tick and mosquito infections using LAMP: Screening for EEE and beyond

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 By Joanne Gibson, Ph.D.

The Carlow lab’s research and development of new field-friendly diagnostics for infectious disease is empowered by the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay. A recent collaboration shows LAMP’s merits for monitoring mosquitoes for the EEE virus.

Topic: What is Trending in Science

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Guiding CRISPR/Cas13 Activity Using Chemically Modified Guides

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2022 By Lydia Morrison, M.S.

Dr. Neville Sanjana, a core faculty member at the New York Genome Center, explains his recent collaboration and publication detailing the use of chemically modified guide RNAs to enhance CRISPR-Cas13 knockdown in human cells.

Topic: What is Trending in Science

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Merging art & science – an alternative science career

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2022 By Joanne Gibson, Ph.D., and Tasha José, M.S.

Tasha José, NEB's Scientific Illustrator, describes her exciting job role combining two of her passions - science & art.

Topic: Art and science, Career advice

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Bringing the International Space Station into the Molecular Age

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2022 By Joanne Gibson, Ph.D.

With sights set on returning to the Moon and eventually Mars, NASA microbiologists create modified-for-spaceflight molecular workflows to diagnose potential medically significant pathogens in near real-time, entirely onboard the spacecraft.

Topic: What is Trending in Science

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