Articles about Colony Picking

5 Facts About Your Microbial Colony Picker

What is a microbial colony picker used for? This machine is used in the culturing of microbial samples in instances where researchers wish to select a certain colony and then duplicate it. There are many applications in which colony picking is used, including DNA sequencing, synthetic biology (syn-bio), anaerobic species [...]

Automating PCR Prep in Your Laboratory

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a technique used to amplify a specific DNA fragment, often starting with a small amount of template DNA, such as a single bacterial colony. PCR is a time-consuming process, especially when done manually. Automating PCR prep can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of laboratory [...]

Plasmid Isolation from DNA: Process & Challenges

DNA plasmid isolation is integral to biology as it’s used in many functions. This includes DNA sequencing, cloning, in vitro translation, gene therapy, blotting, and more. However, while the process of DNA plasmid isolation is a crucial aspect of biology, it also comes with its challenges. In plasmid isolation, it [...]

The Benefits of an Automated Colony Counter

Colony counting determines how many microbial colonies are growing on cell culture media, such as agar plates. Automated colony counters are a newer technology that uses digital images and machine learning algorithms to provide a high-throughput alternative to manual colony counting. Since colony counting has applications ranging from product testing [...]

Single Cell Colony Picking: Tools & Challenges

Colony picking involves removing a sample from a healthy microbe colony after culturing a microbe sample on a plate. Single-cell colony picking means isolating a single microbe cell from a cultured colony. The growing fields of genomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics rely on isolating and studying single cells. Learn more about [...]

Picking Colonies After Transformation: A Concise Guide

Bacterial transformation can also be performed using electroporation, but this method is less common. It runs on the same principle as heat shock protocol, but electricity is used instead of heating the bacteria. Electroporation sometimes results in more transformed colonies, but not always.Once transformation has occurred, it’s time to pick [...]

Colony Picking As Part Of Cell Culture

Industrial Synthetic Biology: Synthetic Biology and Industrial Biotechnology Have you ever wondered how epidemiologists identify which bacteria are causing the latest food poisoning outbreak? When biologists need to identify or research a specific cellular organism, they grow that organism in the lab. Cell culturing is a technique for growing cells [...]

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