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Life In The Lab - Winter 2011


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Life In The Lab - Winter 2011

  1. 1. WINTER 2011 INAUGURAL ISSUEWords of wisdomfrom fellow scientistsSAVE $100s ON How is your lab preparing?AMBION® ESSENTIALS Helpful tips & tricks for the labBUY ONE, GET ONE!GIBCO® GROWTH FACTORS APPLIED BIOSYSTEMS® ANDGreat deals on INVITROGEN™ PCR SOLUTIONSlots of products Frostie snowmaculusIn this issue: THE NEW It has arrived! FLoid Cell™ QuantStudio™ Imaging Station 12K Flex system p23 p9Invitrogen™ Applied Biosystems® Gibco® Molecular Probes® Novex® TaqMan® Ambion® Ion Torrent™
  2. 2. The art of imaging putting fluorescent probes to workMultiplex imaging of human carcinoma (HeLa) cell labeled with Qdot® nanocrystalsand mounted with Qmount® media. Imaging right from your mobile device The Molecular Probes® cell imaging mobile app can help you find fluorescent dyes, reagents, and protocols for cell biology–related fluorescence microscopy applications. Available for iPhone®, iPod touch®, and Android™ devices from the iTunes® store.
  3. 3. Life Technologies Intro 2 HELLO Thanks for reading! TABLE Everyone loves special offers, creative contests, and scientific tidbits. That’s why we’re bringing OF you the first issue of Life in the Lab, your quarterly connection to other scientists and all CONTENTS Gibco® Cell Culture your favorite life science brands and products from Life Technologies. Plus, you’ll find fun and exciting ways to stay engaged with the scientific community. You can start by letting us know what What’s Your Can IPSCs Protect you think at Cell Culture IQ? Endangered Species? It’s an exciting, challenging, and complex time to live life in the lab. For those about to science, we salute you. Applied Biosystems® WATCH IT Ambion® RNA Solutions Real-Time PCR Innovations Invitrogen™ PCR Gets Personal PCR Essentials This video is inspired by all the dedicated everyday heroes of science. Life Technologies recognizes your passion and admires your perseverance. Invitrogen™ Cloning Essentials Novex® Protein or search Ph. Diddy ON THE COVER This original artwork illustrates Frostie snowmaculus skeletal structure and vascular system. © Life Technologies Corp. Molecular Probes® Cell Imaging Holiday ScienceFor Research Use Only. Not intended for human or animal therapeutic or diagnostic use.© 2011 Life Technologies Corporation. All rights reserved. CO31751 1111The trademarks mentioned herein are the property of Life Technologies Corporation and/or its affiliate(s) or their respective owners. TaqMan® is a registered trademark of Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., used underpermission and license. iPhone, iPod touch, iTunes, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc. Pandora is a registeredtrademark of Pandora Media, Inc. JAMBOX and Jawbone are trademarks of AliphCom Corporation. CytoTune is a trademark of DNAVEC Corporation. TRIzol is a registered trademark of Molecular Research Center, Inc.Eppendorf is a registered trademark of Eppendorf AG. Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter, Inc.
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  5. 5. Gibco® Cell Culture 4What’s your cell culture IQ?Think you know everything about cell culture? Take our quiz and put SCORE DATE _________________________________ NAME _________________________________your knowledge to the test. Answers below—no peeking!1. DMEM cell culture medium 7. The stem cells that form blood I’M NEW contains how many components? and immune cells are: [ A ] <10 [ A ] Neural stem cells [ B ] 10–20 [ B ] Hematopoietic stem cells [ C ] 21–30 [ C ] Mesenchymal stem cells [ D ] >30 [ D ] Episomal stem cells APPRENTICE2. The two most common cell culture 8. The optimal pH for growth of media supplements are: mammalian cell lines is: [ A ] Penicillin and trypsin [ A ] 5.0–6.0 [ B ] DMSO and glutamine [ B ] 6.1–6.9 [ C ] Serum and streptomycin [ C ] 7.0–7.6 GENIUS [ D ] Glutamine and serum [ D ] 7.7–7.93. The more glutamine you add to 9. Which cells cannot be expanded in cell culture media, the better! culture indefinitely? [ A ] True [ A ] Primary human keratinocytes [ B ] False [ B ] CHO-S [ C ] High Five™ DIRECTIONS4. The HeLa cell gets its name from [ D ] 293F which person? [ A ] Harry Lake 10. Type II neuronal cells exhibit which [ B ] Hester Lamont characteristic? [ C ] Henrietta Lacks [ A ] Long axons • MAKE DARK MARKS [ D ] Herman Lasiter [ B ] Short axons • ERASE COMPLETELY [ C ] No axons5. Cells should be frozen: [ D ] Multiple axons [ A ] Quickly [ B ] Slowly 11. Adherent mammalian cultures How’d you score? should be passaged when they are:6. Frozen cell should be thawed: [ A ] In the lag phase of growth 1–4 correct: I’m new [ A ] Quickly [ B ] 100% confluent Let’s not be so quick to blame our lab [ B ] Slowly [ C ] In the log phase of growth partner for last week’s contamination! [ D ] After 2 days 5–9 correct: Apprentice Moving in the right direction. 12. Geneticin solutions should be prepared based on: 10 or more correct: Genius [ A ] Dry weight You sure know your way around a T7 flask. [ B ] Active weight ANSWERS: 1 d, 2 d, 3 b, 4 c, 5 b, 6 a, 7 b, 8 c, 9 a, 10 c, 11 c, 12 b
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  8. 8. 7 RNA Ambion® Sasha Vlassov Interview Senior Staff Scientist, Ambion® Products When did Life Technologies begin to offer oligonucleotides that are more specific due to products for the miRNA functional workflow? innovative chemical modifications that inactivate Ambion (now part of Life Technologies) was the the star strand. These mimic the natural first company to launch tools for the miRNA microRNA, thus increasing the level of the specific functional analysis over 7 years ago. In July 2011, microRNA inside the cell. we launched the next generation mirVana™ mimics and inhibitors. What are the different offerings within this product line? How are the new mirVana™ products different? The new product is available both at small scale mirVana™ inhibitors are single-stranded as well as at larger scales (In Vivo Ready format). oligonucleotides that are more potent due to their We offer human and mouse libraries for both novel chemical modifications. These inactivate the mimics and inhibitors with 100% coverage of natural miRNA, thus reducing their levels in cells. miRBase version 17. mirVana™ mimics are double-stranded synthetic YOUR CAPTION COULD BE A WINNER! Every two weeks we post a new cartoon on Facebook with no caption. Write a smart, clever, or witty caption and add it as a comment. If your caption is selected, we’ll send you a print of the artwork— with your caption included!* (Your clever caption goes here) Go to to post your caption, or just to enjoy the wit of your fellow scientists! *Certain restrictions apply. Please see page 26 for terms and conditions.
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