PCR is used to amplify DNA. But what are the Polymerase Chain Reaction steps and how do we get many copies of a single piece of DNA? Find out here.
Science is based on rules which are used to provide realiable and repeatable results. But what is the scientific method? Find out here.
Gene knockdown is essential for functional research. But how are genes knocked down? One way is by the RNA interference mechanism. Read here how it works!
So here is just a quick guide how to use Blast2GO with Google Chrome in Windows 7.The reason I write this is that I have had enormous trouble getting Blast2GO to work on my system since the JAVA update. Furthermore, finding other related posts on JAVA problems didn’t fix mine. So the error message I…
For scientists, publishing their research in peer reviewed journals is essential. But what is peer review?
We of Science Explained believe in the importance of both communicating with the general public and performing scientific research itself. Unfortunately, researchers are restricted in how much of their research they can share without compromising their chances of publishing their data in a peer-reviewed journal at a later stage. Therefore, we support researchers who are trying…
Science builds knowledge and knowledge is power. However, many people see science in a practical sense. Here I show the importance of fundamental science.
To survive in a world full of microorganisms, insects developed a potent innate immunity defense mechanism. Find out how they protect themselves here.
How to make a living organism is coded for in DNA. The actual work however, is done by proteins. But how do we get from DNA to protein? You can find it here
I discussed the theory of RNA interference here. In short, RNA interference induces the knock down of a gene by injecting double stranded RNA. Here I will show how we inject this double stranded RNA in Tribolium. We inject the RNA into pupa, this while they are easy to handle. However, it is also possible to inject RNA into the eggs,…
I mostly work on flour beetles (Tribolium castaneum). In order to do research on flour beetles I have to make sure that I always have enough beetles to work with.It just happens to be that this beetle is a pest species! So they are very easy to breed. We keep the beetles in ordinary bread boxes…
We are unable to show you what we do under the microscope. Therefore we are collecting funding to buy an microscope adapter for our DSLR.
Sometimes you come across something and think, what the hell is that?! What we have here is the Mole Cricket!
So you go out on a field trip organized by the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre. There you find a new spider unknown to science, how exciting is that!
There is quite a bit known about the immune response in insects, but that insect eggs already have an immune response is new. Read about it here.