J. K. Wickiser Lab

Posts Tagged ‘DNA’


NASA, the undisputed King of Press Releases

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A team from NASA is claiming to have found nucleobase-like molecules on a meteorite. They also claim that their signal (unusual nucleobase analogs to include 2,6-diaminopurine) is well above background and is not found in terrestrial controls. As much as I want to implicitly trust this data, my experience with NASA biochemistry is that they shoot first and think/ask questions later. But the one thing they do better than anyone else: crow about it.

Check these out:

PR: http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/11/dna-discovered-in-meteorites/


PNAS paper

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Meet the scientists of JKW Lab

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hi my name is Hannah Lachance and I am a laboratory technician in the JKW lab. The main project I am working on involves studying how organisms such as E. coli and B. subtilis react to RDX exposure.

Techniques I use in these experiments includes growing cell cultures in various mediums, extracting RNA and DNA, running reverse transcriptions in order to obtain cDNA, using organism specific primers to run PCR and QPCR and performing gel electrophoresis. I highly enjoy working in the lab because it helps reinforce all that I have learned in school in a very practical and meaningful way. In addition, I get to work with amazing people and have fun while learning and accumulating valuable skills.

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Good undergrad cloning site

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

RIT Cloning Class Site

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