Kapa HiFi excels, Phusion works sort-of, Q5 and Platinum SuperFi disappoint

Comparison of PCR polymerases

My last NEBuilder assembly got stuck because I couldn't get two of the PCR reactions to work. So I tested alternatives to the Phusion DNA polymerase, which I have been using exclusively for cloning purposes during the last years...

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1000 times too slow

This is all what was needed to connect the XP machine back to the network!

Helsinki University has outsourced parts of its IT infrastructure to Microsoft. Even if outsourcing is cheaper in the short term than generating equivalent services locally, the net effect is likely negative due to the lost jobs, know how and independence. It doesn’t need a conspiracy to explain this self-destructive behavior, just bad decision criteria, which do not include long term and externalized costs.

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Key project funding

Funding rates

This post is inspired by our recent success in the Key Project Funding call of the Academy of Finland. One of the main time killers for scientists is to apply for money to finance their research. Scientists spend more and more time preparing grant applications because of the growing competition for the shrinking resources.

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OpenBIS for Dummies

OpenBIS, a web-based electronic lab notebook and more

If you have considered moving from paper to electronic lab notebooks as we are at the moment, you might have come across the OpenBIS solution.

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University rankings (and how to manipulate them)

Helsinki University Performance

Whow. Helsinki University was again able to improve its position in the Shanghai Ranking and is now number 56.

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Let's beat cancer together!

Helsinki Twilight Run & Walk

Sawan and me registered as "The Jeltsch Laboratory" team to the Helsinki Twilight Run, which is a charity event to support the Finnish Cancer Foundation.

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