Almost As Good As the Expert Down the Hall: The Citations Database

database_1When you are faced with a new research challenge or are troubleshooting in the lab, nothing replaces the wisdom of the lab tech down the hall who has 20 years experience doing the very technique you need to try.

But, sometimes there isn’t a local expert handy.

The Citations Database on the Promega website provides another source of expertise for you. We curate peer-reviewed publications that cite the use of Promega products so that you can see what people have done and how they have done it. We include links to PubMed for articles that are in indexed journals, and we also include brief notes about how the Promega products were used in the research.

Whether you are working with a new sample type, troubleshooting nucleic acid isolation, or trying a completely new assay, see how the Citations Database can help you in the laboratory.

New cell line or sample type that you need to work with?

Are you trying to transfect a difficult cell type like primary human trophoblast cells? The citations database can help. Search: trophoblast, transfection. Your second search return is for a paper where someone does just that.

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Having trouble getting high-quality nucleic acid for a downstream assay?

For example, if you need to know how people are isolating total RNA from HepG2 cells prior to qPCR experiments, just search the keywords: RNA isolation, HepG2, qPCR. You’ll find two peer-reviewed papers immediately.

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Are you considering trying a new assay in the lab?

You can search a specific product name or number to see papers that have cited its use.  For example you might be interested in trying the Caspase-Glo® 3/7 Assay but want to know a little more about how it performs. Search “Caspase-Glo 3/7 Assay” and you’ll get an entire page of returns, arranged with the newest papers at the top. You can see the variety of research systems in which it has been used and even how your peers are combining it with other assays to generate more meaningful data.

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Whether you need to explore a new method or technique or need to troubleshoot an experiment because you are trying a new sample type or cell line, the Citations Database can show you how other people have used Promega products in similar situations.

Maybe it’s not as good as the postdoc in the next lab who has the magic touch when it comes to cell culture, but when the local expert isn’t available, it can help.

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Michele Arduengo

Social Media Manager at Promega Corporation
Michele earned her B.A. in biology at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and her PhD through the BCDB Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Michele manages the Promega Connections blog. She enjoys leisure reading, writing creative nonfiction and knitting, and the occasional cross-country skiing jaunt.

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