BenchSci Blog

7 Features for Finding Antibodies Faster on BenchSci

Posted by Maurice Shen, PhD. on Sep 14, 2017 5:55:06 PM

Built by a team of scientists, BenchSci was developed with one thing in mind: to help you quickly and easily identify published data that support the use of antibodies.

But did you know you can do much more than that?

In this article, I want to highlight 7 features of BenchSci to maximize your search.

Let's begin!

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Topics: Research Tips, BenchSci Features

Reproducible Research: What the Experts Say About Antibody Validation

Posted by Maurice Shen, PhD. on Sep 10, 2017 7:29:51 PM

Ever been frustrated failing to reproduce a key study? Well, unfortunately you’re not alone. In fact, a recent Nature survey found that approximately 50% of biomedical researchers were unable to reproduce their own, or someone else’s, findings. Research antibodies, in particular, contribute much to this irreproducibility.

To address this "reproducibility crisis" in biomedical research, we hosted a symposium at the University of Toronto on Aug 16, 2017, bringing together key opinion leaders and the biomedical research community to discuss how to ensure more reproducible research. A common subject speakers addressed was the importance of antibody validation.

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Topics: Reproducibility

Antibody Search Engines: What Are Your Options?

Posted by Maurice Shen, PhD. on Aug 31, 2017 2:11:43 PM

If you’re a biomedical research scientist, chances are you have a unique personal story about using antibodies. Not only are research antibodies one of the most commonly used research reagents (88% of scientists, to be exact), they also play a crucial role in the reproducibility of any groundbreaking research findings.

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Topics: Research Tips

FASEB Partners with BenchSci to Increase Discoverability of Content

Posted by Casandra Mangroo on Jul 20, 2017 12:40:00 PM

To date, BenchSci’s machine learning algorithm has decoded millions of Open Access scientific papers and over 3.7 million antibody products. However, OA papers only represent a subset of all scientific literature. Scientists generally use resources like Google or Pubmed, and are missing out on tools and other resources that publishers might offer. BenchSci therefore has initiated talks with publishers to make their content discoverable through BenchSci without a loss of readership or traffic to their sites.

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Topics: Updates

Reproducibility in Science: How Proper Antibody Citation Can Make a Difference

Posted by Casandra Mangroo on Mar 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Designing experiments is not an easy process. I can relate, having recently been at the bench myself before joining the BenchSci team. If your lab doesn’t already have an established set of protocols and reagents, then the next best resource is the scientific literature in your field. Not only does it take hours to comb through paper after paper to find exactly what you need, but I’m sure many scientists have experienced the frustration of finding a paper that contained the exact experiment you were looking to perform, only to find that the crucial details for the reagents you need to reproduce the experiment are absent.

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Monthly Update - February 2017

Posted by Liran Belenzon on Mar 7, 2017 4:23:00 PM

It's that time of the month, BenchSci's monthly update!

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Topics: Updates

Why I started BenchSci: Dr. Tom Leung at HIT Unconference

Posted by Maurice Shen, PhD. on Feb 6, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The idea of BenchSci originated from one person, Dr. Thomas Leung, BenchSci’s Chief Scientist. Read on to find out why he started BenchSci and what he has learned:

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Topics: BenchSci Blurb

How to make the most out of BenchSci

Posted by Maurice Shen, PhD. on Feb 2, 2017 12:00:00 AM

At BenchSci, our goal is to help fellow scientists achieve biomedical discoveries faster.

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Topics: Updates

Monthly update - January 2017

Posted by Liran Belenzon on Jan 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM

One of our New Year resolutions here at BenchSci is to share our journey with the scientific community. We decided to start with a monthly blog post that will summarize what we have recently been up to.

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Topics: Updates

BenchSci launched at 10 universities across North America

Posted by Liran Belenzon on Jan 10, 2017 12:00:00 AM

More than two years have passed since our Chief Scientist, Dr. Thomas Leung, came up with the idea for BenchSci. Today, we are happy to announce that we have officially launched the beta version of BenchSci at 10 universities across North America.

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Topics: Updates