A good mentor can be the difference between success and failure. But what to do if you don't have help on hand?

Mentors At Your Benchside provides curated help and advice from experienced researchers on various topics, from lab skills and techniques to career progression.

Each short episode is bursting with easy-to-access help and advice that can improve your results and help you get the most out of your time in the lab.

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How Buffers Work—A Guide For Biologists

#47 — Buffers are everywhere in a lab. But do you know why we use them? Listen to this episode of Mentors At Your Benchside as we explain what buffers are, how they wo...

What Is a Ct Value?

#46 — If you are performing quantitative PCR (qPCR), you must understand what a Ct value is. In this episode of Mentors at Your Benchside, we'll take you through its c...

Different DNA Polymerases Explained

#45 — Taq polymerase is a fantastic all-rounder for standard PCRs, but what do you do if you need something a bit more specialist? In this episode of Mentors At Your B...

10 Good and Evil Ways to Use Your Dr Title

#44 — So you might be wondering why you bothered with all those years of failed experiments, committees, overbearing supervisors, thesis writing, and thesis defending....

How DNA Extraction Kits Work in the Lab

#43 — DNA extraction kits. A magic black (or red or blue) box that helps you isolate DNA without you even thinking. That's great—until things go wrong. Then you have t...

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