Posts tagged ‘top 10 of 2010’
We thought that you would enjoy this reprise of a poular post from 2010. A story published in AJP about a discovery that may lead to a new way to control mosquitoes that spread dengue fever, yellow fever and other diseases. Scientists found that mosquitoes need to urinate while feeding on human blood in order to survive. Thus preventing the mosquitoes from urinating may be an effective way of controlling their population.
To read more see If It Can’t Pee, It Won’t Bite Me
Our top post of 2010 was a feel good video for the burnt out scientist from the World Science Festival. If you are feeling burnt out or your experiments are becoming monotonous or if you are just in need some inspiration you should definitely check out this great video! Scientists are inspirational. Don’t you ever forget it!
Wishing the entire Canadian Biotechnologist community a Happy, Healthy and Inspirational 2011!
In spot number 3 in the countdown of the top 10 posts in 2010 is a story about a brand new technology that vastly improves the lives of most cell biologists. OK, perhaps this is a bit of an exaggeration, but most cell biologists view cell counting as a necessary evil and find it quite boring and tedious. Furthermore, unbeknownst to most scientists, poor counting techniques can lead to a plethora of errors in downstream cell culture experiments.
That is why the introduction of Bio-Rad’s TC10 Automated Cell Counter earlier this year was such a hit with cell biologists. The TC-10 Automated Cell Counter automates the cell counting procedure and removes subjectivity. It is also capable of determining cell viability when your cells are stained with trypan blue and will provides users with an exact number of live cells in their culture.
For more information and to see an introductory video visit Cell Culture Paradise
In 4th place in the countdown of the top 10 posts in 2010 is a post on better research tools for discovering cytokine and chemokine biomarkers. The post included case studies from two prominent biomarker discovery labs and an introduction to a cytokine multiplex bead array panel from Bio-Rad Laboratories.
For more information see How to Increase the Efficiency of Your Cytokine BioMarker Study
Counting down the top 10 posts of 2010, in 6th spot is a post pondering the adequacy of the 2010 financial budget for the Canadian life sciences industry. According to Jim Flaherty’s prediction at the time, the Canadian government will invest almost $1.9B in post-secondary education infrastructure, research, technology innovation and environmental protection as part of its $19B stimulus plan for 2010. The budget drew a mixed reaction from Canadian life scientists with some in favour of the budget while others described it as largely inadequate.
For more on the story see Is the 2010 Financial Budget Adequate for the Canadian Life Science Industry?
And, now that the year is (almost) over, let us know how you think things panned out.
Counting down the top 10 posts of 2010, in 7th spot was a video tutorial on publishing Real-Time PCR Data that Conforms to MIQE Guidelines.
This video is essential viewing for any scientist who is serious about publishing Real Time PCR Data. The video will help familiarize the audience with the MIQE (Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments) guidelines and will focus on how to apply the guidelines to design a solid experimental approach for RT-qPCR.
Click Video Tutorial Publishing Real Time PCR Data for more.
As we approach the end of 2010, we felt a need to pause and look back on the top-rated posts of the year. These posts include a mix of entertainment, technical and thought provoking videos and articles.
Starting off in spot number 10 was a video introduction of 2D Gel Electrophoresis. The recording was part of a hands-on workshop given by Dr. Ning Liu of Bio-Rad Laboratories to proteomics researchers.
Please let us know what you think of this video and vote on your top Canadian Biotechnologist post of the year!