Weird samples? Contact Tech Serv to find the right DNA purification kit for you.

“Dear Tech Serv,
We would like to detect DNA collected from swabs rubbed on the inside thighs of frogs. What would be the best DNA extraction kit to use for this?”

“Hi Tech Serv,
I need to find out a suitable kit for extracting DNA from bird fecal samples. Can I use ReliaPrep™ gDNA Tissue Miniprep System for that?”

These are just some examples of unconventional sample type inquiries that the Promega Technical Services Team receives regularly from scientists around the world. Many of these inquiries land in the hands of Technical Services Scientist, Paraj Mandrekar (a.k.a. “sample type guru”). Continue reading

Labinars—Personalized Seminars for Your Lab

Technical Services Scientist

This post written by guest blogger, Caroline Davis, Promega Technical Services Scientist.

Have you ever wished that you could have a scientist explain to you how to perform and optimize an experiment?  Or do you want to learn more about your new area of research and wish that a scientist could present you with an overview of the field and discuss experimental approaches rather than having to do all of the background research yourself?  Or are you interested in one of Promega’s instruments and would like to learn more about how to use the instrument and all of its features?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a Promega Labinar may be right for you.

What is a Labinar?

A Promega Labinar is the next best thing to an in-person visit from one of our scientists. You simply tell us what you would like to learn about and a Promega Technical Service Scientist will prepare a presentation for you.  The presentation will be live, not pre-recorded, and the level of detail will be tailored to meet your needs and experience.

How does it work?

You will need an internet connected computer or projection screen, as well as internet connected speakers or a speaker phone. Promega’s technical services department will send you instructions on how to “attend” the Labinar and test the video and audio connection with you ahead of time.  There will be two-way audio so that you can comment, ask questions and fully participate in the seminar, just like an in-person seminar.

Examples of Previous Labinars Continue reading