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How should I advance my career in molecular biology?

I'm 35 and I have a master's degree in biology, specialized in evolutionary bio and mycology. I have a couple of publications and many years of experience doing pcr-related things. Currently I work at two different places designing, testing, and implementing qPCR assays for pathogen detection. It's fun, but it doesn't pay very well. I'm starting to think maybe I should go back and get a doctorate. But, I'm not sure - and I'm not sure what field to get it in, if I do. [more inside]
posted by Mitrovarr on Nov 9, 2016 - 23 answers

A Gel of a Problem: running miRNA without acrylamide

Dear MetaFilter, I am new to this forum and this is my first post, hi! I am in a bit of a pickle about a work project, and hope that I may be able to get some help by some fellow sciencey people. The science forums are rarely read and badly out of date, or I would have posted at one of those. I have a deadline for a miRNA PCR experiment, and I have already run the cDNA and PCR for the miRNA. All I have to do is run the miRNA on a gel. The problem: We don't have acrylamide! And neither does our neighboring lab. We only have Agarose with which to make gels, which is only for large fragments, not small miRNA fragments of 20-40 bp. The question: As the percentage of agarose in the gel goes higher, the smaller the size of the base pairs are that can be measured. Could I increase this percentage enough to work for miRNA? Out of respect for the community that doesn't like line returns, I have entered the specifics of this post in the Extended Explanation box, because to me, this post reads like a jumble of nonsense without some kind of organization. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on May 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Free molecular biology software?

I'm looking for good free software tools for doing basic molecular biology work - sequence alignments, DNA-protein translation, restriction mapping, and PCR primer design. Got any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by pombe on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

PCR help

Molecular Biology / PCR Gel Electrophoresis Help? Help in elucidation of source of spurious banding? [more inside]
posted by Benzle on Feb 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Best benchtop microplate centrifuge

Can anyone recommend a compact benchtop centrifuge that accepts 96-well plates? [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater on Jun 14, 2010 - 3 answers

I've lost my introns, can you help me find them?

Calling all biologists - I've amplified a 700 bp region of cDNA for the gene PGI and now am trying to amplify this region using genomic DNA. Way more detail inside... [more inside]
posted by a22lamia on Apr 5, 2006 - 25 answers

Viral PCR test for HIV

Is it a good idea at the moment to have a viral PCR test for HIV 10 days after being exposed to risk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2006 - 15 answers

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