RefME is a platform I have talked about before as a useful piece of kit for managing your referencing. RefME has been purchased by another reference manager which has both free and premium (pay to use) versions called Cite this for me. RefME will shut down in due course so it might be worth considering moving to another manager. Cite this for me is a very simple to use reference manager but there are quite a few programs out there which offer both free and premium versions. A list of my top reference managers can be found below:
As an update to a previous post on this please note there is a newer and more often updated free desktop publishing software known as Libreoffice. Not everyone has or can afford Microsoft Office but there are plenty of free packages out there that do much the same as Microsoft office and are similarly easy to use. You can get a free office suite of programs from many companies and organisations but one of my favourites is Libre Office. Select the version open office for your system here:
Below are links (some requiring ITT Dublin library login details for full article access) to interesting articles about the use and potential use of CRISPR/cas9 editing in pharmaceutical bioprocessing. Well worth a read if you’re interested.
The Health Sciences department in the University of Utah has a lovely website explaining many aspects of biology and molecular biology through videos and interactive animations. The home page is here : http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/ with lots of links to explore but I’ve put together some of the most relevant pages below.
Scitable is a website run by Nature Publishing Group which provides biology students with resources on genetics and cell biology. It has great images, explanations (definitions), articles and much much more on everything to do with biology. Well worth checking out if you’re studying for exams or researching for assignments.
I have reviewed the Biology, Microbiology and Concepts in Biology books and think they are all well written and applicable to the course. If you need to read extra material to help you understand your notes I can wholeheartedly recommend them. If you’ve any queries just give me a shout.
Here’s a nice “peer reviewed” article published in 1999 on “Antiseptics and Disinfectants: Activity, Action, and Resistance”. Well worth a read if you’re interested in understanding more about disinfection.
Polymixins are a type of antibiotic of which Colistin is one. Polymixins and in particular colistin are one of our last lines of defense against serious bacterial infection. While resistance has been seen against these antibiotics it has only occurred through mutations in the chromosome of the bacteria making resistance difficult to pass on to other bacteria. A new research article in The Lancet Infectious Diseases has reported that, for the first time, resistance to colistin has been detected on a plasmid. This is of significance as bacteria can transfer/share plasmids readily and thus spread resistance much more quickly then through mutations in the chromosome.
This raises the real possibility of the emergence of untreatable diseases. Are we at the beginning of a new era of bacterial superiority?
The image below allows you to navigate the biology lab where you will be doing your experiments. It is advisable to familiarise yourself with the location of items which will be used in the lab to facilitate laboratory induction and to allow us more time to focus on performing the experiments and getting the most out of the lab experience as possible. Make sure you note the different types of waste bins and what goes into each. You can also see the location of labcoats and the hand wash station which must be used upon entering the lab and before leaving it.
We have a small number of labcoats for students but if you are in a position to bring your own labcaot and/or safety glasses that will also help as our supplies are limited.
To navigate the image below hold down the left mouse button while your cursor is on the screen and move your mouse slowly left or right (or swipe with your finger if you are on a mobile device). To change positions in the laboratory click the turquoise arrows. You can also use the navigation buttons on screen to look around the lab too. If you want to see a full screen view click the link below:
Research papers are a great resource for learning. One of the largest databases of peer reviewed published research papers is housed by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. You can find specific papers on techniques or new discoveries or review papers which offer a broad look at a particular topic. This should be your first stop for research on topics we’re discussing in lectures or for your assignments.
This book by the US department of health and human sciences “Inside the Cell” is freely available on Google Books and offers a really nice explanation of the entire eukaryotic cell and all it’s components. Well worth a read.
You can have a look at it on Google Books here or download the pdf version from here
As well as the books in the library Google Books can offer a great resource for learning about biology.