A friend recently alerted me to The Journal of Visualized Experiments, a revolutionary way to present science by showing the actual experimental procedures. Poking around the site I already picked up tips for my own research just by watching others perform procedures that I do myself in the lab (eg. use Sparkle glass cleaner not just for objectives but also for sample coverglass, how to properly interpret the OD ratio on the spectrophotometer for RNA purity, etc.)
Click more to see some of my favorite videos on the site.
A list of some of my favorites:
- Neuronal Cell Cultures from Aplysia for High-Resolution Imaging of Growth Cones
- In Vivo 2-Photon Calcium Imaging in Layer 2/3 of Mice
- Organotypic Slice Culture of E18 Rat Brains
- Preparation of Dissociated Mouse Cortical Neuron Cultures
- Micro-dissection of rat brain for RNA or protein extraction from specific brain region
- Generating iPS Cells from MEFS through Forced Expression of Sox-2, Oct-4, c-Myc, and Klf4
- Labeling Stem Cells with Fluorescent Dyes for non-invasive Detection with Optical Imaging
The site seems to be updated frequently and the more recent videos are more professional looking. Also, I must say that I like that soundtracks were added to some of them… definitely makes for more fun viewing!