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Science is involved in everything we see and do, and there is an aspect of non-science in all scientific research.
Easternblot.net points out both sides of the story, by highlighting the science behind news items or everyday things, or by pointing out the social or artistic aspects of science.

Eastern What?

I’ve been wondering when someone was finally going to invent the Eastern Blot” – Derek from In the Pipeline.

“Eastern Blot” is a biochemical joke:
“Southern Blot” is a technique used to study DNA. It was invented by, and named after a Mr. Southern.
Later, someone adapted it to study the related molecule RNA. They called it “Northern Blot”.
A third method, developed to study proteins, was named “Western Blot”.
“Eastern Blot” doesn’t exist: There is no other molecule in the family of DNA/RNA/protein, so there is no technique called “Eastern Blot”, nor will there ever be.

Author(s)
Easternblot.net is owned, edited, and mostly written by Eva, a PhD candidate in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. Eva writes articles that bring a scientific twist to topics such as carrots , cats , CSI, fringe theatre, or musicians. She also obsessively surfs the internet to find interesting websites and visits local science/culture events.

Link to a list of Eva’s articles in other publications.

Past/occasional authors:
Pim contributed once in a while (see all Pim’s posts here) or sends in links by e-mail.

Ed wrote for easternblot.net for a while. See all Ed’s posts here.

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