Blog: Competent Cell Transformation Efficiency Optimization

Getting the competent cell transformation results you expect

Reasons for Low Efficiency - Worried about seeing lower efficiency from your competent cell transformation than you expected? There are many reasons that efficiency can be less than optimal. Explore what factors affect transformation efficiency so you know what to avoid!Read More

Date Posted: 04/11/12

Blog: Is Pooling Small Interfering RNAs (siRNAs) a Good Idea or Not?

Expert siRNA analysis with Susan Magdaleno, PhD with Life Technologies.

Pooling siRNAs - Susan Magdaleno, PhD, is a senior research and development manager at Life Technologies with experience pooling small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). The big question: Is pooling a good idea or not? Here, Magdaleno provides her expert analysis. Read More

Date Posted: 04/09/12

Blog: Increase your Chance of Success When Isolating Nucleic Acids from FFPE

Learn how to get to discovery - faster and safer

Isolating Nucleic Acids From FFPE - Life Technologies has just released a free webinar. Ambion scientists Emily Zeringer and Marie Gonzalez present the background, methods and what to expect when extracting nucleic acids from FFPE tissue samples.Read More

Date Posted: 04/06/12

Blog: Tips For Isolating High-Quality Total RNA

Isolating Total RNA

Isolating High-Quality Total RNA - A few tips for isolating high-quality total RNA from a wide variety of samples including animal or plant cells, tissue, blood, bacteria, yeast, and liquid samples. Once purified, the total RNA is suitable for use in a variety of downstream applications such as qRT-PCR, northern blotting, nuclease protection assays, RNA amplification for microarray analysis or cDNA library preparation after poly(A)+ selection. Read More

Date Posted: 04/05/12

Blog: Life Technologies Support Goes Social

Now Supporting Researchers on Twitter and Facebook

Customer Support Around the Globe is Becoming More Social - and Life Technologies is adapting. When customers started asking questions on social media, we started answering and we've since created a Twitter page with Technical Application Scientists monitoring it around the globe. Read More

Date Posted: 04/04/12

Blog: Appetite for Discovery - A Story About RNAlater®

How RNAlater® Reagents are Keeping Pace with an Ever-Changing World.

Jeff Leach Talks About his Current Work with RNAlater® Reagents in Namibia and Botswana - As the founder of the Global Microbial Biodiversity Conservation Initiative, Phoenix-based researcher Jeff Leach studies nutrition and the evolution of the human diet. As he puts it, “Changes in human diet—and how we process food—over the last two million years have had an important impact on our coevolved relationship with microbes, from viruses to parasites and everything in between.” When he contacted us through Facebook, we had to get the rest of the story about his current work in Namibia and Botswana.Read More

Date Posted: 04/03/12

Blog: Supercharge Your Gene Expression

Codon Optimization Improves Gene Expression Capabilities

Codon Optimization & Gene Expression
Codon optimization improves gene expression capabilities without changing the polypeptide sequence. There are 61 codons encoding 20 amino acids. Different expression hosts prefer certain codons. Read More

Date Posted: 03/30/12

Blog: Lab Meeting Presentations Done Right

Helpful Advice to Delight—and Never Dull—Your Audience

The Dos and Don'ts of Lab Presentations
You’ve worked hard landing a spot in your new top-notch lab in graduate school, a postdoctoral fellowship, or even your first professional position in academia or industry. You’ve made advancements in your project, and your supervisor has now asked you to present your work to the immediate lab group or the department at large. Follow these helpful hints for creating your lab meeting presentation.Read More

Date Posted: 03/29/12

Blog: Advances in Real-Time PCR Throughput and Workflows Bridge Gaps in Translational Research in the Area of Reproductive Medicine

Advances In Real-Time PCR Throughput And Workflows
Life Technologies recently sat down with Dr. Nathan Treff, Director of Molecular Biology Research at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New JerseyRead More

Date Posted: 03/26/12

Blog: Solving Challenges in the Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Solving Challenges In The Generation Of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
The CytoTune™ - iPS Reprogramming Kit is a high efficiency, integration- free, easy-to-use somatic cell reprogramming kit used in the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. This kit utilizes Sendai Virus particles of the four Yamanaka factors, which have been shown to be critical in the successful generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. Read More

Date Posted: 03/23/12