Touchscreen Platforms for Rodents

Here’s an interesting paper about designing a low-cost touchscreen operant chamber using a raspberry pi. Perhaps the most important takeaway here is that rats performed twice as well in the Med Associates commercial chamber. Commercial products are often more refined than DIY solutions and this is just a great reminder of the trade-off we have to think […]

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Using Pressure Cookers as Autoclaves

An autoclave, even a very small one, typically costs ~$4000. If you find yourself needing one, there’s a very old standby.  For small batches of agar plates or low-volume media, you can use a pressure cooker, those wonderful commercial devices that cost ~$100. Here’s one tutorial and a quick search yields plenty of others as […]

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