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So Simple, But so Easy to Mess Up

There are many different ways to mess up an experiment, and Emily Crow at Bitesize Bio gives five ways "to destroy your agarose gel." Her favorite ways to do so include using water instead of TAE or TBE buffer, not adding the ethidium bromide, and just dropping the nicely made gel on the floor, among others. "Pouring and running an agarose gel is a simple and routine procedure that you probably learned soon after joining your first lab. A procedure that couldn't possibly go wrong," Crow says."Or so you'd think. In fact, there are a surprising number of ways to destroy your agarose gel."

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.