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War, Malaria, and Wormwood: How Tu Youyou Discovered Artemisinin

Tu Youyou is a Chinese scientist who received the Nobel Prize for her discovery of artemisinin, a terpenoid molecule found in the Sweet Wormwood plant now widely used to treat malaria. How she did this is pretty amazing. First of all, her research took place during the unprecedented Cultural Revolution in China, in which Mao…

15 Biology Lab Hacks for Beginners

Some of these may seem ridiculously obvious. But if even one is new, it might make your life a lot easier. 1. Touchdown PCR. Are you doing a massive PCR reaction set, with various primers that need all sorts of different melting temperatures? Are you doing a PCR with primers you never bothered to check…

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