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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What Reagents Can You Use Past Their Chemical Expiry Date?

#98 — Our labs can contain thousands of chemicals, many of which will be past their given expiry date and many of which are expensive to buy and replace. Replacing the...

How to Write an Effective Research Interest Statement

#97 — A research interest statement is essential to successfully apply for an academic job. In this episode, we delve into how to craft an outstanding one. [1]We cover...

How to Preserve Microorganisms: Store Your Cells Better

#96 — An appropriate microorganism preservation method can make all the difference in maintaining the viability of your microbial strains because it plays a crucial ro...

Overhang PCR: Add Missing DNA Sequences Using Primers

#95 — Have you ever accidentally forgotten to add the Kozak consensus sequence to the start of a coding gene? Or forgotten to include the stop codon? Did you clone som...

Practical Applications and Considerations of Phenol-Chloroform Extraction

#94 — While there are lots of methods to choose from for cleaning up your RNA or DNA samples, for many researchers, phenol-chloroform is the go-to technique. In this e...

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