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The Lab and the Literature: Driving Personalized Medicine

February 6, 2015 | by Jaqui Hodgkinson, VP Product Development, Elsevier | Comments

Both the amount and quality of generated data are challenges personalized medicine must conquer to become the norm in practiced medicine. 


Hands-on Workshops Pique Interest in STEM

March 17, 2015 2:28 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Pittcon’s Science Week program held workshops and fulfilled equipment grants for students and teachers in the New Orleans area.


Pittcon President Reflects on the 2015 Conference

March 16, 2015 11:04 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor sat down with Pittcon 2015 President Charlie Holifield to get his thoughts on the conference and the overall industry. Read what he had to say about the annual expo.


The Broad Use of Nanoparticles: Spectroscopy, Medicine and Whisky

March 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Naomi Halas honored the International Year of Light, shed light (pun intended) on plasmonic nanostructures and addressed what she called “unmet needs in energy and sustainability” in her Keynote speech at Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans.


Pittcon Award Honors Ion Chrom Pioneer

March 9, 2015 9:13 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Pittcon 2015 kicked off in a sunny New Orleans yesterday, Sunday, March 8, with opening comments and welcome from Charles Holifeld, the Pittcon 2015 President. The first act of the night was to award this year’s Pittcon Heritage Award. This year’s recipient was A. Blaine Bowman.


Safety First: Revised Code Ensures Good Hood Practices

March 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Firetrace International | Comments

Volatile chemicals and hazardous materials present substantial challenges in the modern laboratory workspace. The gases that emanate from these substances can be at best an irritation, at worst fatally dangerous when inhaled, and in more and more cases, highly flammable. A recent revision to the fire code regarding fume hoods helps better protect lab personnel.


New Technologies Empower Pure Water

March 6, 2015 10:37 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Water surrounds us; literally. Roughly 60 percent of the human body is made of water, and it covers about 71 percent of Earth. We drink it, we bathe in it, we swim in it. Likewise, water is used in the lab to drive most tests and processes, from buffer solutions and cell cultures to autoclave feeds and diagnostics.


Science is Not Just About Facts

March 6, 2015 10:21 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

A recent study from The Pew Research Centers suggests that bridging the gap between the public and scientists is not about scientific facts or knowledge, it’s about the public’s belief system.   


Beware of Response Time Guarantees

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Jennifer Daugherty, Business Development Coordinator, Remi, Charlotte, N.C. | Comments

The truth behind guarantees in equipment service agreements can frighten some lab managers.


Last Word: 2020 Vision: Green, Safe, Sustainable

March 6, 2015 10:06 am | by Barbara and Ed Kanegsberg, BFK Solutions | Comments

What will green, safe, and sustainable look like in 2020? How will regulatory efforts and corporate policies influence manufacturing, cleaning and contamination control?


When Freezing Wi-Fi is a Good Thing

March 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Jim Baker, Electrical Engineer, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure, Hunt Valley, Md. | Comments

Ensuring reliable Wi-Fi in harsh conditions, such as the freezing cold, can be complex, but researchers have found safe solutions to stay connected and monitor the working area.


Pick the Right Water: Your Sequence Depends on It

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Estelle Riché, Senior Scientist, Millipore SAS and Sean Kennedy, Co-Director, MetaGenoPolis NGS platform, MetaQuant | Comments

Although overlooked, water is an essential reagent to ensure high-quality next-generation sequencing.


Scientist in the Spotlight: Vaccine Fights Nicotine Addiction

March 6, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

Researchers have created a vaccine against nicotine to help smokers overcome their addiction to tobacco. The work aims to make the body’s immune system react to nicotine like a foreign invader, just like it would a viral or bacterial infection. But, because of the different forms of nicotine, this is difficult. Jonathan Lockner, the first author of a paper about the new vaccine, spoke to LabOutlook about the work.


Challenging the Rate of Digital Health Care

March 4, 2015 7:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology | Comments

Digital health investments are booming, according to Rock Health, a venture capital (VC) firm that monitors investments in this sector. Shortcomings in the fast-evolving digital health care arena are becoming obvious, so Harvard Univ. is challenging those notions with technology.


Commercialization Boot Camp for Scientists

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor. Editor-in-Chief | Comments

In the last three years, the NSF has taught more than 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology using serial entrepreneur Steve Blank’s “Lean Startup” method. Sharing a common interest to promote societal benefits, NSF teamed with the NIH to pioneer the same program to support biomedical innovation and translation.  


Pittcon Q&A With the Experts

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Ahead of Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor spoke with experts from exhibiting companies to get their take on what to expect at both this year’s Pittcon as well as future Pittcons.



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