EDUCATION: Avoid Lab Mix-Ups

Science  16 Dec 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5755, pp. 1747e
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5755.1747e

Nested or real-time PCR? Western, Southern, or Northern blotting? Newbies struggling to keep genomic methods straight can get help at this primer written by biologist Malcolm Campbell of Davidson College in North Carolina. Methods for Genomics isn't a lab manual but instead briefly explains more than 50 widely used techniques and pieces of equipment. With diagrams and animations, the site helps students grasp lab staples such as electrophoresis and more advanced methods such as the Cre/loxP recombination system for deleting specific sections of DNA. The content ties in with a text Campbell uses in his classes, but it also works as a standalone resource.

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