Shipping Assay Samples: The FedEx Paradox

There is nothing that takes the wind out of your sails quite like when you think you’re being clever, and later find out how totally lame your attempts were. Synthesizing some precursor by a route you think is super streamlined, only to later find a simple, one-pot prep. Driving and taking a ‘short cut,’ only to wind up hopelessly lost. Making eyes at the cute girl in the neighboring lab, only to realize your fly was...

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Everybody Needs A: Brain
Jun02

Everybody Needs A: Brain

In a post several weeks ago, I examined the debate of synthesis or purchasing of commercially-made compounds.  If you recall, it appeared that I could not synthesize the correct compound, and the compound I had bought did not appear to have been synthesized correctly.  I took the advice of one of a reader and decided to call the company from which I had bought my compound.  Luckily, I had a great conversation with customer support,...

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To Synthesize or to Buy?  That is the question.
May18

To Synthesize or to Buy? That is the question.

Happy summer, everyone!  Sorry for the cheesy title.  Because I’m still an undergrad, I get the chance to take some pretty cool classes that have a little to nothing to do with chemistry.  This can either be a nice break (i.e: Shakespeare, see title) or an unwelcome distraction (…Spanish).  I’m soaking in as much diverse education as I can before I start specializing in my PhD.  This is all besides the point. Anyway,...

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Everybody Needs A: PhD

Way back in 1996, Norman Cook (you might know him better by the alias Fatboy Slim) released the album Better Living Through Chemistry, containing the song “Everybody Needs a 303.” Although I was only 7 when it was released, I still greatly enjoy the song, and most of the album. Furthermore, the album/track serve as an excellent jump-off point for me to make terrible puns, and share some wisdom. And that’s really the...

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