BackupPC and Macs

BackupPC Logo

I myself have been using the backup software BackupPC for almost a decade, and I started to backup our lab computers to a central backup server about two years ago. BackupPC supports deduplication and therefore much data can be stored on a couple of 2 TB drives.


HiLoad 26/60 Superdex pg gel filtration chromatography column performance

HiLoad 25/60 Superdex 200 pg

The most common protein purification technique that we use is gel filtration (also called size exclusion chromatography). In gel filtration, proteins are separated by their size (or more correctly by their "Stokes radius", which is largely determined by their size and shape). For gel filtration of large protein amounts, we bought GE Healthcare's HiLoad 26/60 Superdex 200 prep grade about 9 years ago. The performance of the column is outstanding. Being used to 30-cm-columns, we were amazed how well the column separates between e.g. dimeric and monomeric forms of our pet protein. However, the column lost dramatically its performance recently...


Python for Kids (and bioinformaticians)

Python for kids, chapter 8 (Superrosette)

I started to teach my son programming and we both are enjoying it.


How much PCR product can you get?

PCR tube

How much PCR product does one get from a typical PCR reaction? 50-120 ng/µl seems to be a typical result, but it very much depends on your PCR conditions.


Review of GE Healthcare's Äkta Avant 25

Äkta Avant 25

About one year ago, we secured funding in an internal faculty call to replace the old Pharmacia Äkta Explorer 100 FPLC machine of the Protein Production and Purification core facility. The Äkta Explorer had been purchased in 1996(?) when the Swedish brand Pharmacia still existed. In 2014, the worse case scenerio happened and both monochromator and Xenon flash lamp broke almost simultaneously, which left us with a bill of almost 10000€. Hence we wanted to replace the machine with a contemporary model.


Taj Mahal

LEGO Taj Mahal

One and a half years after our last big LEGO project (the big Millenium Falcon), we finished now the Taj Mahal, which is with 5922 parts the largest LEGO set ever released for retail. Again, we used our existing LEGO parts and only bought the missing ones via Bricklink from four different online shops.



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