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Updated Articles and Resources

By Ada Lio

Updated Articles and Resources
  • Genetic Variation, Disease Genes, and Risk Factors Created: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Genes make us who we are and small variations in genes do more than just define our difference in physical appearance. They determine our unique physiology, influence our social, personality, and ...
  • Make Sodium Citrate Buffer Created: Thursday, February 03, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    Six simple steps to make sodium citrate buffer for RNA isolation or antigen detection.
  • Enzyme Biotechnology in Everyday Life Created: Friday, March 30, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    A list of common products of enzyme biotechnology that are used every day in and around the home, such as paper products, detergents, textiles and foods and beverages. These household items are the...
  • What are Vero Cells? Created: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Vero Cells, in Terms of Influenza Vaccines
  • Polymorphism Created: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    The genetic term polymorphism refers to the discovery that there may be several variations in gene sequence for a specific protein.
  • IPSCs Created: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    A quick discussion on what IPSCs are and how they are used in stem cell research, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.
  • Freeze Dry a Bacterial Culture Created: Monday, July 30, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Quick step by step instructions for preservation of bacterial, fungal or yeast cell cultures, by freeze drying (lyophilization).
  • What is Zoning? Created: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    An explanation of what zoning is, and how it affects commercial land use.
  • What are Transcription Factors? Created: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Transcription factors are important molecules, usually proteins, involved in controlling gene expression by RNA polymerase. In eukaryotic cells they bind to promoter regions on the DNA.
  • What are Bioindicators? Created: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    An introduction to bioindicators and how they are used in the biotechnology industry to detect physiological responses to cellular stressors.
  • What is Orphan Drug Status? Created: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    Orphan Drug Status is given to certain drugs undergoing development in the pharmaceutical industry. Find out what Orphan Drug Status is and what incentives are available to biotech companies obtain...
  • The History of Cloning Research Created: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    Twenty years after Dolly the cloned sheep, researchers in Oregon have finally cloned a human embryo. How long have people been working on cloning? Actually, cloning research goes back more than 10...
  • Early Biotechnological Practices Created: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    Five examples of early biotechnological practices that were in place long before the term" itemprop="description"> Monday, January 19, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    Retroviruses are a special type of RNA virus, that replicate their genome by reverse transcription of their RNA to form DNA which is then incorporated into the genome and transcribed by the host ce...
  • What is Biotechnology and How Did It Make the Biotech Industry Created: Thursday, April 05, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    This article provides a summary or overview of biotechnology or biotech with a description of the start of biotechnology, development of commercial biotechnology, and an overview of the biotech ind...
  • The Xenotransplantation Debate Created: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    A discussion of the ethical and practical issues surrounding the use of animal organs for human transplants (xenotransplantation).
  • Titer Created: Friday, October 26, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    A definition for titer as it applies to the biomedical industry and production of antibodies, proteins, antibiotics and other bioproducts.
  • Designer Babies Created: Thursday, March 05, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Developments in stem cell research and in vitro techniques for reproduction have led us to the theory that sometime in the near future, wanna-be parents will be able to create designer babies with ...
  • What is a Virtual Business Created: Monday, November 19, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Virtual companies are formed using a business model that takes advantage of the availability of suitable contract organizations for outsourcing all aspects of the biotechnology business.
  • Make PBS Buffer Created: Tuesday, February 08, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    PBS is a commonly used buffer for immunohistochemical (IHC) staining, used as a wash solution and for diluting antibodies.
  • Reanimation, Blood Therapy, and Werewolves Created: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    Where does classic horror intersects with the life sciences and biotechnology? Explore the connections Dracula, werewolves,and Frankenstein's monster have with real world science."
  • Delivering New Genes to Cure Disease Created: Monday, May 07, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    Gene therapy offers real promise for curing genetic disorders and treating a wider range diseases. How are new functional genes are put into a patients cells? This article describes the main vira...
  • The Human Genome Project Created: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2014
    In 1990, a project was initiated to determine the entire sequence of DNA making up the human genome. The human genome project involved participants from laboratories worldwide and resulted in signi...
  • The Range of Stem Cell Technology Created: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Since the discovery of induced stem cells several years ago, stem cell technology has accelerated. If you are wondering what makes a stem cells, what the difference between embryonic and adult ste...
  • Has Biomedical Research Become Less Reliable? Created: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Recent studies suggest much of published biomedical research is not reproducible, in fact, there seem to be problems with most studies. What’s the problem with science and how reliable are pu...
  • What is the Concern over Germ Line Gene Therapy? Created: Monday, May 07, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    As the first gene therapy approaches are nearing FDA approval, it is important to make the distinction between somatic cell and germ line genetic manipulation. Although therapies on sperm and egg ...
  • Microinjection Created: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Use of DNA microinjection techniques for gene transfer and creation of transgenic animals.
  • Lyophilization Created: Monday, July 30, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    A definition of lyophilization as it applies to the preservation and storage of microbial cell cultures.
  • How do You Participate as a Test Subject in a Drug Trial? Created: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Links to websites listing current and upcoming drug trials and how to become a participating subject. In addition, some sites contain new drug approval news, information on drug interactions, and c...
  • Pipelines Created: Monday, August 27, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    An explanation for what pipelines are as they apply to new drug development in the biotechnology industry and how they are used to describe the research and development progress of biotech companies.
  • Genes Don’t Just Make Proteins Created: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Researchers in the last several years have realized there are whole classes of genes that do not make proteins. Instead, the RNA from these genes performs some direct biological function. These n...
  • Xenotransplantation Created: Friday, October 05, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    An explanation for xenotransplantation and the bioethical issues surrounding the use of animal organs and tissues for human transplants.

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