During the time I spent researching with Professor Zach Adam at Hebrew University, I visited Dr. Ralph Bock’s lab at the Max Planck Institute in Germany to learn how to transform plastids (see plastid transformation protocol). It was a relatively new method, and I was eager to learn all that I could. My main concern was that I would miss something and upon my return to Israel, I would be unable to recreate what I had learned. I remember the surprise of my German colleagues when I pulled out my camera, and began to take photos of every step of the procedure. Visiting the Institute was a great learning experience, and when I returned my fellow lab members had a step-by-step photographed protocol depicting how plastids can be transformed.
Today, with the rise of video protocol sites, my method of protocol documentation seems old-fashioned. Sites like BenchFly and JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) offer the possibility to capture how science is being conducted and sharing it with the rest of the scientific community. Aside from sharing knowledge between scientists, Benchfly (free) also offers a glimpse of scientific procedure to those in the non-scientific community. I think its actually pretty cool.
I hope the research community will continue to see more content like this as it promotes and simplifies scientific research. In fact, we are seriously considering embedding video content to BioKM™ as external widgets.
Hats off to the people taking charge in creating and sharing their knowledge and taking the time to record and upload these videos.
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