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Saturday, February 10, 2007


The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB)

Although today we more and more emphasize on in vivo research and people are trying to explore better in vivo systems, like mice and zebrafish, in vitro assays still play important roles in biological reseach and pharmaceutical product development. What are in vitro assays? It generally refers to the technique of performing a given experiment in a controlled environment outside a living organism, for example, cell, tissue and organ cultures from plants and animals.

Probably not many people know the Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB). I began to know it since last summer. One of my former labmates announced he got a permanent job in a biotech company. He told us he applied the jobs listed in SIVB website and got three interview invitations within about six months. I track down the website for a while. Actually not many employment advertisements were listed there, and most of them recruited researchers or scientists working on plant transformation or genetic engineering of plants. However, I think these ads are real and serious. Plus this website is not so well know and popular. The company may not receive tons of applications. So likely that is the reason why my labmate easily caught the chance.
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