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A researcher looks at the screen of an imaging equipment. She sees a picture of a Western blot membrane.
The Mysterious Western Blot Message
Elissavet Chartampila meticulously crafted handwritten labels for her lab tools. Little did she know that some labels last forever.
The Mysterious Western Blot Message
The Mysterious Western Blot Message

Elissavet Chartampila meticulously crafted handwritten labels for her lab tools. Little did she know that some labels last forever.

Elissavet Chartampila meticulously crafted handwritten labels for her lab tools. Little did she know that some labels last forever.

Western blot

Updated July 27
Magnifying glass in front of a stack of files of papers
PLOS ONE Pulls Five Papers Tied to Alzheimer’s Drug Controversy
Jef Akst | Mar 31, 2022 | 2 min read
The retracted studies were coauthored by a scientist who worked on an Alzheimer’s therapy in development by Cassava Sciences, a company reportedly under investigation for providing falsified data to the FDA.
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Eye for Manipulation: A Profile of Elisabeth Bik
Adam Marcus, Ivan Oransky, and Retraction Watch | May 7, 2019 | 5 min read
The microbiologist has turned her attention full-time to unearthing problematic figures in papers—for free.
A clear SDS-PAGE gel that contains multiple colored bands. 
Western Blot Protocol, Troubleshooting, and Applications
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | 7 min read
Western blotting allows scientists to identify specific proteins in complex biological samples and determine relative abundance of a protein target.
Journal Cleans Up Image Archives
Kerry Grens | Jun 12, 2017 | 2 min read
Molecular and Cellular Biology has found numerous errors after launching a retrospective sweep of the figures it’s published in recent years. 
Top 10 Innovations 2016
The Scientist | Dec 1, 2016 | 10+ min read
This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.
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Obtaining High-Quality Acrylamide Gels without Compromises
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with MilliporeSigma | 3 min read
Discover how a novel acrylamide gel casting system allows researchers to quickly acquire high-quality results.
Software for Image Analysis
Amber Dance | Aug 1, 2016 | 8 min read
Profiles of five programs for quantifying data from Westerns, dot blots, gels, and colony cultures
ORI: Researcher Faked Dozens of Experiments
Jef Akst | May 25, 2016 | 1 min read
A former scientist at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago made up more than 70 experiments on heart cells, according to the Office of Research Integrity.
Turning the PAGE: Tips for Protein Electrophoresis and Western Blotting
Turning the PAGE: Tips for Protein Electrophoresis and Western Blotting
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Kelly Wolfe will discuss the dos and don’ts of protein electrophoresis and western blotting.
Expected Retraction Published
Kerry Grens | Jan 13, 2016 | 1 min read
The repeal of a Molecular Endocrinology paper is the second of three anticipated retractions from a cell biologist.
New Data Attempt to Resolve Protein Dispute
Kerry Grens | Oct 22, 2015 | 2 min read
The latest analysis on GDF11, a proposed antiaging protein, blames discrepancies in the literature on misreported doses and misinterpretation.
Turning the PAGE: Tips for Protein Electrophoresis and Western Blotting
Turning the PAGE: Tips for Protein Electrophoresis and Western Blotting
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Kelly Wolfe will discuss the dos and don’ts of protein electrophoresis and western blotting.
Widespread Data Duplication
Kerry Grens | Jun 17, 2015 | 2 min read
Around one out of every four cancer papers scrutinized in a recent study contains questionable figures, and journals and authors aren’t responding to requests for clarification.
All Is Not Quiet on the Western Front
Kelly Rae Chi | May 1, 2015 | 8 min read
A grab bag of advances is making Western blots faster, more sensitive, and more reliable.
Discover How CF&reg; Dyes Let Scientists Delve Deeper into Biological Phenomena
CF® Dyes: Clearer Fluorescent Results
Biotium | 1 min read
CF®  Dyes combine pegylation and sulfonation to create fluorescent dyes with better signal intensity, more solubility, and superior specificity.
Fraud Watchdog Blogger Revealed
Dan Cossins | Jan 6, 2013 | 2 min read
The author of a whistleblower blog has revealed his identity after the site was suspended due to legal threats from accused scientists.
Antibodies User Survey
Christi Bird | Apr 30, 2012 | 2 min read
Findings show researchers value quality over low price
Lipofuscin autofluorescence was quenched using EverBrite TrueBlack&reg; Hardset Mounting Medium&reg;, allowing effective visualization of glial cells (GFAP antibody stain, cyan) and cell nuclei (magenta) in human cerebral cortex cryosections.
Stepping Out of the Background
The Scientist and Biotium | 4 min read
New developments in non-specific fluorescence quenching offer researchers clearer pictures and more multiplexing possibilities.
Blot Figure Fraud
Cristina Luiggi | Jan 4, 2012 | 1 min read
A SUNY graduate student falsifies Western blot data used in meetings, grant applications, and submitted manuscripts
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