What's on the Inside

Bala at Bitesize Bio posts a protocol that is even faster than colony PCR to detect cloned inserts. This "quick and dirty" method, called colony cracking, begins by lysing a colony and running the extract on a gel. The clones are then identified based on their mobility. Plasmids with inserts, being bigger, will travel more slowly than plasmids without them.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

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