Application & Consumables Resources

Application & Consumables Resources

In-depth articles covering the various methods and applications used in the life sciences to further scientific study and innovation.

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Learn about the CRISPR/Cas9 system and the he tools, consumables, and reagents enabling genome editing.
Electrophoresis uses an electrical current to separate DNA, RNA, or protein molecules based on size and charge. Learn more about the tools powering this technique.
From DNA ligases and enzymes to exonucleases and kinases, DNA modification requires a wide variety of consumables and reagents. Learn more about the tools powering this technique.
In-depth articles covering the various methods and applications used in the life sciences to further scientific study and innovation.
Learn about PCR and the consumables and reagents powering this versatile and ubiquitous technique.
Protein purification and isolation methods have been used for more than a century. Learn about the technique and the consumables and reagents powering these methods.
Learn more about the consumables and reagents used in Western blotting to perform protein analysis.

Coomassie Blue Staining: Definition & Overview

Definition: Coomassie Blue Stains Coomassie Brilliant Blue is a family of dyes that are routinely used in labs for protein staining protocols, performed after SDS-PAGE or polyacrylamide gel electropho…

gRNA: Definition & Applications

What Is Guide RNA (gRNA)? Gene editing, also known as genome engineering, is a revolutionary technique that modifies DNA to treat disease and improve human health.  Among such techniques is the C…

Plasmids: Definition & Overview

What Are Plasmids? Plasmids are small, circular, extrachromosomal, double-stranded DNA molecules, naturally found in bacterial species. However, their presence has also been found in some archaea and …

DNase: Definition & Overview

What Is DNase? Deoxyribonuclease (DNase) is a class of nuclease enzymes that cleaves the DNA molecule. It breaks the phosphodiester bond formed between two nucleotides of dsDNA or ssDNA, by cleaving e…

Deoxynucleotide Triphosphates (dNTP): Components & Overview

What Is dNTP? Nucleoside triphosphate is a biomolecule involved in building nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). Structurally, they contain nitrogenous bases bound to a ribose sugar and three phosphates. And,…

T4 Polynucleotide Kinase: Definition & Overview

Definition of T4 Polynucleotide Kinase Nucleic acids can be modified at the polynucleotide level through many enzymatic reactions. It includes methylation of both DNA and RNA, glycosylation of DNA, an…

Protein Gel Electrophoresis: Definition & Overview

Definition of Protein Gel Electrophoresis Gel electrophoresis is one of the most common standard techniques used in labs to separate biomolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins based on their size or…

Overview of Recombinase: Definition & Functions

Definition of Recombinase Recombinase is a family of enzymes that catalyze site-specific recombination events within DNA.  Site-specific DNA recombination is a process in which DNA strands are br…

An Overview of Protein Kinases: Definition & Functions

Regulation and Function of Protein Kinase There are about 500 protein kinase encoding genes in the human genome which represents 2% of all the human genes. Kinase is the name given to an enzyme that a…

Exonuclease: Overview & Definition

Exonuclease Definition In biochemistry, nucleases are a diverse class of hydrolytic enzymes that carry out hydrolysis of phosphodiester bonds of nucleic acids — DNA and RNA. Nucleases attack the hydro…