Nowadays, most biology experiments are conducted in plastic labware, however some procedures are better done in glass labware. In this article I discuss why and give some pointers to help you efficiently perform experiments in glass.
There exists a lot of knowledge in science that is not taught in textbooks or lab classes. You may find nuggets of information deep in footnotes of the SI of a long-forgotten paper in an obscure journal, learn about it from a colleague in grad school, or accidentally invent a more efficient way of doing an experiment. It’s a shame that this kind of information doesn’t get shared more efficiently; It is rarely substantial enough to write a bona fide journal article, but just telling a handful of colleagues doesn’t really help spread the word. Therefore, I have decided to start this blog / article series that I hope will help disseminate some of the tricks of the trade I have stumbled upon.