Season's Greetings from CST!


Posted by Ken B on Dec 21, 2016 3:00:00 AM

The holiday season is traditionally marked by festive choral music, decorated cookies, and in recent years, ugly sweater contests. CST employees get to experience all three traditions at the same time at the company’s yearly Holiday Concert.

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Topics: Just for fun

A CST scientist's take on the SfN meeting.


Posted by Richard C on Dec 7, 2016 3:00:00 AM

This year’s Society for Neuroscience (SfN) was held in beautiful San Diego, CA. More than 30,000 neuroscientists and vendors attended the annual meeting to share and discuss all topics neuroscience. Of course, neuroscience is a broad, multidisciplinary field ranging from molecules and neurons, to circuits and behavior. As an attendee, prioritizing the symposium talks and posters has always been a challenge, and this year’s meeting was no different.

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Topics: Just for fun, Neuroscience, Q&A

What Assay Should You Be For Halloween?


Posted by Kira H on Oct 28, 2015 9:30:00 AM

 

On this day of ghosts, ghouls, and other scary things, we got to thinking about how we would respond in the event of a zombie apocalypse (ok, we may have watched a few too many scary movies while waiting for the confocal). Would you grab medicine and food for sustenance? Maybe you think offense is better than defense and go straight for the weapons … Or, perhaps you run immediately for the lab to maintain your 6-year old (and counting) thesis experiment?

Our latest Personality Quiz suggests that your gut reaction to a zombie attack reveals a lot about your personality. Specifically, how your personality relates to one of our favorite scientific assays. Is the western blot your spirit assay? Or maybe you’re the more colorful immunofluorescence experiment? Take our short quiz to find out which antibody-based scientific assay best describes your personality: Western Blot, IHC, IF, Flow Cytometry, ChIP, or ELISA.

Then show off your results with a free, customizable sticker-decal. Stickers are available while supplies last; order yours before they’re gone!

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Topics: Just for fun

POSTER | Tumor Immunology: Examining the Microenvironment


Posted by Liana G on Oct 21, 2015 5:30:00 AM

The immune system is tasked with distinguishing ‘self’ from ‘non-self’. Tumors can, quite often, be highly immunogenic as a result of their mutational burden that can make them appear less like ‘self’.

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Topics: Cancer Immunology, Just for fun

History of the Monoclonal Antibody - Part I


Posted by Carolyn P on Aug 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM

 

Monoclonal antibodies are a pretty ubiquitous research tool. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a lab without a freezer full of them. They have myriad uses from examining protein localization within a tissue (e.g., IHC), to isolating a particular protein out of a proteinaceous soup (e.g. WB, IP), or separating a specific cell population from the tissue milieu (e.g., FACS).  They are such a fundamental part of so many research strategies that without them there wouldn’t be many tricks left up our collective sleeve.  So, it’s a little strange to think that we really haven’t had them at our disposal for all that long . . . 

. . . setting the wayback machine for Cambridge, UK  1975 . . . 

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Topics: Just for fun

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