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Biotechnology Basics: Bacterial Transformation

What is transformation? In nature, some species of bacteria can acquire exogenous DNA from the surrounding environment through a process called transformation. The newly acquired genetic information is both stable and heritable. In the laboratory, scientists can force bacteria like…

The importance of keeping a laboratory notebook

In the research laboratories, a scientist’s notebook represents a comprehensive record of the experiments that were performed, why an experiment was performed, and what the results mean.  First, the lab notebook is used to design their experiments.  As the experiment…