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Mixed Bases
Interesting Science Facts

Tissue Culture

Summer 2011 Cartoon

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Scientific Sniglets

A scientific "sniglet" is an existing or made-up word with a unique and humorous definition.

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Fluorescein—painting rivers green!

One of the most ubiquitous modifications attached to oligos is the bright green fluorophore known as Fluorescein, FITC, or FAM (Fluorescein amidite). Attaching the fluorophore to oligonucleotides is not its only use though.

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How Guanine Got Its Name

The discovery of the base guanine came in 1844, when it was isolated from Peruvian guano by B. Unger. Although guanine can be referred to more precisely by other names such as 2-amino-6-hydroxypurine, no other designation is as historically descriptive.

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Scientific Sniglets

A scientific "sniglet" is an existing or made-up word with a unique and humorous definition.

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