There is a lot more that goes into social science research than just sticking data in a program and writing a few paragraphs about what pops out.  Before commencing with data collection, researchers have to perform a thorough review on previous literature to make sure that their study strikes the balance between being grounded in prior empirical studies and being an original contribution.  Much of my time researching so far has been reviewing previous literature.  It is not called “re”-search for no reason; I frequently find myself rereading studies, and it seems that after each few steps forward I have to take a step back and reconsider what I had read previously.  Economics literature is not easy reading, and it needs to be considered carefully because the smallest details often turn out to be the most important.

[Read more…]

Fluorescence Microscopy and all the pretty colors

Hi guys,

So far I’ve been posting about the characterization of the rrf-3 mutant and I mentioned that fluorescence microscopy was used in analyzing cellular structures in comparison to the wildtype phenotype. We can better appreciate what the pictures reveal if we understand the basics of this amazing technique, so here’s an attempt at it.

[Read more…]