Bee Blog

December 12, 2017

01 December 2017   Colder weather arrived in November and with it the first frosts of winter. Some bees can still be seen flying even when there is frost on the ground. They tend to like a “lie in” first thing on a frosty morning, but when the sun hits the hive, heads start to(Read more)

Bee Blog

November 01, 2017

Unlike wasps which all die in the winter, except the queen wasp, honey bees survive in reduced numbers compared to their summer peak. They do not hibernate however they cluster. When the outside temperature falls to about 14degC the bees start to move closer together in the brood box. As the temperature falls lower they(Read more)

Bee Blog

October 02, 2017

October and autumn has arrived. The changing colour of the leaves on the trees has been very noticeable this last week. Trees and plants seem to be more affected by the shortening length of daylight than the weather conditions, as it is still surprisingly warm. It is cold at nights but some recent day time(Read more)

Bee Blog

September 01, 2017

Where did summer go? Apart from the last week of August the poor summer continued with low temperatures and no abundance of summer flowers for the bees. Fellow beekeepers have reported having to feed their bee colonies in July and August so that they did not starve, something that is not usually necessary until winter(Read more)

Bee Blog

August 01, 2017

The photograph shows two jars of this years honey from the same bees in the same hive. The one on the right was harvested two weeks after the one on the left. The reason they look so different is because the bees have collected nectar from different plants flowering at different times, producing “set” honey(Read more)

Bee Blog

June 28, 2017

Coming after a very warm spring, the beginning of June was more like the beginning of autumn than the beginning of summer. The bees have responded accordingly. They have been reluctant to leave the hive in the numbers seen in May. Who could blame them.   Fortunately I managed to harvest some honey at the(Read more)

Bee Blog - June

June 07, 2017

Because we are passionate about the Honey and Bumble Bee we have asked a local Oxfordshire Bee Keeper, Gerald Bushby, if he could write a blog for us to keep us up to date on his 3 hives. We will be posting Gerald’s blog each month throughout the year. We hope you enjoy Gerald’s blog(Read more)

Women in STEM

March 08, 2017

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It's International Women’s day and next week will be British science week so we think it is a perfect time to celebrate all women in science.   When you think of women in science most people think of Rosalind Franklin or Marie Curie but for famous scientists in general, even Google can only name a(Read more)


January 26, 2017

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Company Timeline: The Story of 2BScientific   2BScientific is turning 8 this year, and to start off the year we have put together a brief outline of what we have been up to all these years.   Founded in 2009, brothers James and Tim Bernard recognised the need for researchers to access the latest reagents(Read more)

Technical Cricket

October 31, 2016

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A blog from our Chief Technical Officer. Hello, Chief Techy M c Techface here…but you can call me Farjad! I look at all the vast array of products that we have, making sure that we have as big a variety as possible and as many of variants as are out there to suit your needs.(Read more)

Each month we will be focusing a blog entry on one of our innovative suppliers. This month we are focusing on Cusabio . Cusabio, based in China, is a leading, customer-focused biotechnology company. They provide a widespread list of exceedingly high-quality products and services within the healthcare sector and life science. They manufacture research reagents(Read more)


September 28, 2016


  Asthma is a common long term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal. When you come into contact with something that irritates your lungs – known as a trigger – your airways become narrow, the muscles around them tighten,(Read more)

Newborn Jaundice (Neonatal Jaundice)

September 10, 2016


Find ELISA kits to help with jaundice research HERE   Newborn jaundice (Neonatal jaundice), also known as “icterus”, is a yellowish or greenish pigmentation of the skin and whites of the eyes due to high bilirubin levels.   During pregnancy, the mother’s liver removes bilirubin for the baby, but after birth the baby’s liver must(Read more)

#2BNamed Update

September 05, 2016

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Our #nameourbees campaign that we ran through August gave us many good names to choose from. We selected the winning names for our bees on the 02/09/2016, announcing the winner over twitter. The winning names were Polly and Nator – as suggested by @theundrgardener. We are so glad our bees finally have names after eight(Read more)


August 23, 2016

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‘Action’ Hello, my name is Georgi,  I am the sales and marketing manager at @2BScientific and also like cycling amongst many other sports (as you can see from my avatar).   Earlier in the year I took part in a race organised by the charity Action : Race the Sun Brecon Beacons . This was(Read more)

Naming Our Bees

July 26, 2016


We Need Your Help!   As you may be aware, for each of your orders we donate £1 to The British Beekeepers Association. As a supporter of The British Beekeepers Association we are providing funds towards Honey bee health research. If you do not already know, one in 3 mouthfuls we eat rely  on the(Read more)

2B a Marketing MOD

July 25, 2016

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   ‘2B a Marketing MOD’!   I often get asked “What does being a MOD mean?”   As the new Digital Marketing Manager I can tell you what Marketing means to us as a business. Marketing is about meeting the needs and wants of customers; Marketing is a business-wide function – it is not something(Read more)

The most recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest epidemic to date, with more deaths and recorded cases in this outbreak than in every previous outbreak combined. The first notified cases occurred in March 2014 and, since that date, the World Health Organisation has estimated there have been nearly 28,000 cases of the(Read more)

Whether you’re opening a new lab, starting a postgraduate project, or beginning your own start-up, 2BScientific’s starter scheme can help you.   The 2BStarter scheme provides a variety of discounts on some of our most versatile products. Get in touch today to discuss your specific needs, and we’ll be happy to help.   How do(Read more)

Last month the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that Cuba has become the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-baby transmission of HIV.   According to the international charity, Avert, HIV is responsible for an estimated 1.7 million deaths worldwide each year. Of the 34 million people affected by the condition, 3.3 million are(Read more)

How To Revitalise Tired Bees

February 22, 2016

You’ve probably realised we love bees here at 2BScientific. For every order placed with us by a customer, we help towards research funding by the British Bee Keepers association with a £1.00 donation. That soon adds up!   Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem - read more about them here.     Unfortunately(Read more)

Enjoy Loyalty Discounts With 2BScientific

February 18, 2016

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We offer a range of competitive discounts for bulk order purchases of all our products. Our suppliers also feature regular offers, which we are able to pass onto our customers.   It can be difficult to locate and source the reagents you need at competitive prices. This is why we offer a service guarantee on(Read more)

Celebrate National Honey Week With 2BScientific

January 11, 2016


From the 25th to the 31st October, the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is celebrating National Honey Week, designed to raise public awareness for the importance of bees and honey.   Who are the British Beekeepers association? Founded in 1874, the British Beekeepers Association is a registered charity whose main aims are “to further and promote(Read more)

2BScientific is delighted to announce that it has recently signed a new distribution agreement with US reagents supplier Tonbo Biosciences.   Founded in 2011 by a team of immunologists, researchers and industry leaders, Tonbo Biosciences was conceived of a simple principle: giving back to the research community by providing high performance, value oriented products of(Read more)

Busy Bees: A Day In The Life Of Apis Mellifera

November 02, 2015


We have a lot of time for the honey bee here at 2BScientific. You may have noticed her hopping from flower to flower, lazily gorging herself on various nectars, swaying haphazardly around your back garden, but don’t let this drunken demeanour fool you. The honey bee is an incredibly diligent and complex insect. A honey(Read more)

As you find yourself spending increasingly more time outside this summer, the chances are you’re going to bump into a bee or two. Many people are afraid of bees, lumping them into the same pest category as the infamous wasp, but there’s really no need to be. Bees are beautiful insects, and for the best(Read more)

Research ethics is the application of strong ethical principles to the process of scientific research.   The adherence to ethical principles within a body of research ensures the authenticity, the fairness and the safety of the research by maintaining honest, objective and responsible research practices. But what are ethical principles, and how do they ensure(Read more)

From the handrails on the bus to the cutlery in your staff canteen, the world is full of harmful pathogens. There’s no getting around them; everyday you find yourself exposed to countless bacteria and viruses. Left unchecked, these would run rampant through your body, resulting in any number of diseases and illnesses. Often the only(Read more)

New research has found that influenza causes a surprisingly strong reaction in the usually more placid immune systems of pregnant women. The finding could lead to new treatments for pregnant women with sever influenza. Immunologically speaking, the developing foetus is a foreign object to a mother’s immune system. So to prevent rejection of the foetus(Read more)

Preaching Tolerance

July 28, 2014

Immune System

Sometimes, the immune system just backfires. It responds inappropriately, leading to autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Other times it overreacts to an otherwise harmless target, leading to allergies ranging from the mild, like hay fever, to the severe, like anaphylactic peanut allergies.   Autoimmune and allergic diseases are mostly a problem(Read more)

Herpes on the brain could be a good thing?

May 30, 2014

Cancer, Virology

What do these two odd pairings have in common? Cervical cancer and rabies vaccination. Hodgkin’s lymphoma and measles.   The answer is that they are both among the earliest case reports, as early as 1901, linking spontaneous remission of a cancer with a virus. These discoveries led to idea of using viruses to kill cancer(Read more)

In the evolutionary arms race there’s a constant battle between infectious diseases and their hosts defences. Now new research from the University of Texas has identified one of influenza A’s countermeasures, and it may one day prove to be its Achilles heel.   Influenza A viruses are one of the causes of seasonal flu problems(Read more)