Lab Techniques Wordsearch: You Can Do Them, But Can You Find Them?

The weekend is upon us and what better way to ring it in than with ‘an experiment’ that can be completed with a cold beverage in hand. You’ve spent years learning, practicing and teaching laboratory techniques, but now it’s your responsibility to find them.

We’ve hidden 30 common techniques and pieces of equipment in the jumble of letters below. Be the first one to correctly list all 30 as a comment and win a BenchFly mug! Just like our luck in the lab, words can go forward, backward, up, down or diagonal.



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lab techniques wordsearch.


About the prize: In addition to blurred vision, the winner will receive our new hot-off-the-presses large (15 oz) BenchFly mug to help quench their unending thirst for scientific knowledge… or coffee.


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10 comments so far. Join The Discussion

  1. LeAnna

    wrote on November 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    The entire lab could not find the last two words. Maybe someone else has them.

    Here is what we have:
    Biotinylation, phosphorylated, crystallization , purification, transcription, fermentation, radio label, microscopy, SDS-PAGE, mass spectrometry, silver stain, fractionation, lyophilization, transfection, western blot, permeabilization, photobleaching, centrifuge, precipitation, spectrophotometry, ubiquitinate, ligation, immunofluorescence, electrophoresis, kinetics, digestion, dialysis, PCR

  2. [email protected]

    wrote on November 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    We're gonna call that a winner! The other two – NMR and HPLC – were pretty tough so in our mathematical world, we'll say 28 = 30!

  3. JG11

    wrote on November 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Congrats LeAnna!
    Was stuck on 27 for hours myself (did not think to look for such short abbreviations!)

  4. @OmicsScience

    wrote on November 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Damn you Alan, this was really addictive!! I have yet to find PCR, HPLC and NMR. I am not going to stop until i find them!
    I also thought I saw gobacktowork many times in the crossword. Is that a hidden word??!!??

  5. [email protected]

    wrote on November 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Hahaha! It must have been your brain playing tricks on you- no "gobacktowork". The only hidden message was if you read the instructions backwards it said "Paul is dead"…

  6. Alex

    wrote on November 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I spent way too much time on this. Wish I had just posted what I had so far. Can anyone share where the PCR, NMR, HPLC, and Western Blot answers were? (Up and down, diagonal, left to right)

  7. [email protected]

    wrote on November 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    NMR starts: column 3, row 13 (backwards); HPLC: column 6, row 7 (diagonal); PCR: column3, row 21 (backwards), western blot: column 26, second row from bottom (diagonal).

    Congrats on finding all of the others!

  8. Alex

    wrote on November 8, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Thank you~

  9. MacKenna09

    wrote on November 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I got 16 right off the bat, and I'm just a tech (saying that because I'm amazed at what I've learned on the job!). I've copied the winning list so I can now do it as a "traditional" word search.

  10. [email protected]

    wrote on November 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Nice work!

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