Craniobot

Mice studies are ubiquitous in neuroscience labs and require a huge amount of time and expertise. And both of those things cost big $$$ which makes the field less accessible. University of Minnesota scientists Leila Ghanbari and Mathew Rynes (along with a long list of collaborators) have developed an impressive robot which can perform cranial […]

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1 Year of Lab On The Cheap!

Today marks one year since the first LabOnTheCheap post. That day was spent taking pictures of equipment around lab, queuing up posts, and trying to figure out twitter (success!) and Instagram (nope, never figured it out). We’ve just put out our 100th tweet, and we have 95 articles up. Over the past twelve months we […]

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An Open-Source Plate Reader

Plate readers are instruments which are used to detect properties of samples in microtiter plates, via absorbance, fluorescence, and luminescence. Karol Szymula, Michael Magaraci, Michael Patterson, Andrew Clark, Sevile Mannickarottu, and Brian Chow published a paper in September 2018 detailing the construction and performance of an open-source plate reader. The extensive supplementary materials provide everything you will need, from software to parts list to a […]

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DIY Cerna Components from Thorlabs

Do you love the idea of DIY microscopy but nervous about biting off more than you can chew? Thorlabs’ Cerna support for DIY microscopy is a great resource for easing you into it–think of it as training wheels for optical set ups. The Thorlabs Cerna microscope is a modular modular microscopy platform, but it’s surrounded […]

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