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Ever wondered what our lab guys do in the labs? We have put together photos and video of Jenny doing a Western Blot experiment.  View here

For the science minded and the curious a Western blot is often used in research to separate and identify proteins. In this technique a mixture of proteins is separated based on molecular weight, and thus by type, through gel electrophoresis. These results are then transferred to a membrane producing a band for each protein. The membrane is then incubated with labels antibodies specific to the protein of interest.

The unbound antibody is washed off leaving only the bound antibody to the protein of interest. The bound antibodies are then detected by developing the film. As the antibodies only bind to the protein of interest, only one band should be visible. The thickness of the band corresponds to the amount of protein present; thus doing a standard can indicate the amount of protein present

 


 

Part of Margaret and Baksho's role is "spinning bloods" - why you might ask, well ...

Blood makes up around 7% of the weight of a human body.

Blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

These blood cells float in a yellow liquid called blood plasma. Blood plasma is made up of 90% water and also contains various nutrients, electrolytes, gases, proteins, glucose and hormones.

Blood plasma can be separated from the cells by spinning blood in a device known as a centrifuge until the cells collect at the bottom of the tube.

Images of blood spinning in the InHANSE Lab

 

 

 

 

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