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    Suzanne Pfeffer said:

    I could not agree more. Thank you for writing this piece!

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    Richard Unwin said:

    Agree with the thrust of this article completely. We have previously used kits for protein enrichment/fractionation and have often had to modify protocols slightly to make them compatible with downstream methods. This is part of the scientific process and as such an understanding of how the kit works (and what it contains – not always easy to find out from kit manufacturers) is vital. We have often improved the protocol over that supplied in this way and for our samples.

    If I could put in a suggestion – next month you could reprint this complete article, except substitute the work ‘kit’ with ‘core facility’ – another part of modern research which limits complete student education and understanding of exactly what their result means.