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Sense of Smell May Reveal Weight Bias

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Rebecca Kendall, UCLA | News | Comments

Could our reaction to an image of an overweight or obese person affect how we perceive odor? A trio of researchers says yes.

Disposable Bioreactors Use Airlift Technology

March 13, 2015 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Purity New England’s Cellexus Limited single-use disposable bioreactors use a novel airlift...

PCR System Achieves Real-time Results

March 13, 2015 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

PCRmax’s Eco 48 real-time PCR system provides users with quality and speed. This high-...

Pipetter Reduces Fatigue When Using Under a Hood

March 13, 2015 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Researchers are often required to perform bioassays that involve a great deal of pipetting. Much...

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Laboratory Equipment: February 2015

February 27, 2015 5:05 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s February issue gets you ready for Pittcon, which is just two weeks away in New Orleans. Inside, find a cover story examining the research discoveries that push science forward year after year, and expect to make a showing at this year’s Pittcon. Life science articles discuss personalized medicine and its effect on cancer, as well as system integration as the key to efficiency. Other articles include how to choose the right plastic tubing, and how to choose the right rotary evaporation pump. Don’t forget to check out the supplements, Chromatography Techniques and the Pittcon Digest 2015. 

Platform Speeds Genetic Cell Research

February 18, 2015 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Healthcare Life Sciences’ Dharmacon Edit-R Gene Engineering System is a platform that creates permanent and heritable gene disruption (knockouts) in cells using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene engineering technology. Harnessing the natural defense mechanism of S. Pyogenes, the platform comprises the three components required for gene editing in mammalian cells: a plasmid encoding Cas9 nuclease, a chemically synthesized transactivating RNA (tracRNA) and a custom CRISPR RNA (crRNA) designed to target the site of interest.

Panels Enable Fast ID of Inflammation Biomarkers

February 18, 2015 11:00 am | Bio-Rad Laboratories | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories’s Bio-Plex Pro Human Inflammation Panels enable detection and quantification of a comprehensive set of key inflammation biomarkers in a single assay. Inflammation contributes to seven of the top 10 causes of mortality, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. This underscores the need to identify and monitor underlying inflammation biomarkers to aid in disease research and drug discovery and development.

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DMSO-free Cryopreservation Solution

February 18, 2015 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Irvine Scientific’s PRIME-XV FreezIS DMSO-Free is a chemically defined cryopreservation solution for human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) that is free of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and animal-derived components. Amid growing concerns that DMSO may compromise the potency of MSCs, offering a DMSO-free cryoprotectant is an important addition.

Purification System Simplifies Method Sharing

February 18, 2015 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Practichem’s Arista Slice protein purification system uses collaborative, web-based method development to simplify sharing. Operate the touch-enabled system simultaneously from Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

Solution Collects, Purifies DNA

February 18, 2015 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Isohelix’s GeneFiX range of DNA saliva collection and purification products is designed to quickly and easily store DNA long term from saliva, using an integrated stabilization buffer. Other features include an anti-spill device and choice of delivery tubes for both manual and automated methodologies.

Hemoglobin Analyzer is Fast, Easy, Portable

February 18, 2015 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

EKF Diagnostics’ DiaSpect Tm hemoglobin analyzer is a palm-sized point-of-care analyzer that is fast and easy-to-use in all climate conditions since it combines laboratory-quality performance with measurement speed and extensive battery life. The analyzer is robust as it has no moving parts.

The Lab and the Literature: Driving Personalized Medicine

February 6, 2015 4:08 pm | by Jaqui Hodgkinson, VP Product Development, Elsevier | Articles | Comments

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

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Total System Integration Key to Business Efficiency

February 6, 2015 4:02 pm | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas, Whitefish Bay, Wis. | Articles | Comments

An integrated barcode labeling solution that can pull data from an entire company database can help increase productivity, efficiency and revenue.                                                        

Laboratory Equipment: November 2014

November 14, 2014 1:56 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The November issue of Laboratory Equipment features a cover story on the importance of stopping contamination both in labs and hospitals, and raises new concerns about checks and balances in high-risk environments. Other article topics include: flooring and ductless fume hoods in lab construction, and weighing techniques that help reduce sample prep.

Combo Solution Characterizes Cancer Mutations

November 7, 2014 11:23 am | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s QuantStudio 3-D Rare Mutation Analysis Solution combines a panel of wet-lab validated assays with an enhanced software tool that enables researchers to detect and quantify 40 of the most common mutations in cancer genes at a prevalence as low as 0.1%.

Bioreactor is Entry-level Solution to Fermentation

November 7, 2014 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sartorius Stedim Biotech’s BIOSTAT A is a compact bioreactor/fermenter designed specifically as an entry-level model for fermentation and cell culture, as well as educational purposes. The system’s control tower features a complete array of measurement and control functions like easy-load peristaltic pumps, an aeration module and accessible probe ports and supply connections.

DNA System Designed for Small-volume Extraction

November 7, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

NanoFacture’s DNA Recovery System is an ideal solution for small-volume (1 to 10 µL) DNA extraction. By eliminating microporous filtration and centrifugation, the system not only simplifies DNA collection, but also enables retrieval of nucleic acid targets with the full spectrum of sizes.

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Device Enables Two Simultaneous PCR Runs

November 7, 2014 11:11 am | Eppendorf | Product Releases | Comments

Eppendorf’s Mastercycler nexus X2 is ideal for researchers looking to carry out two PCR reactions simultaneously, without any compromise on the number of samples. The instrument comprises two asymmetric blocks, consisting of 64 and 32 wells, which can be programmed and run completely independently, enabling two separate PCR protocols to be run in parallel.

Enzyme Has Reduced Risk of Contamination

November 7, 2014 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Empirical Bioscience’s FlashTaq Hot-Start Taq DNA Polymerase is a chemically modified Taq polymerase designed to reduce non-specific amplification in PCR. The enzyme offers fewer contamination issues and fast activation time.

Systems Ideal for Droplet-based Nanoparticle Synthesis

November 7, 2014 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dolomite Microfluidics has developed a range of Micro Droplet Systems for automatic, seamless production of monodispersed droplets. Built around the company’s pulseless pressure pumps, connectors and chips, the Micro Droplet Systems benefit a range of applications, including compartmentalized chemistry, high-throughput experiments, polymeric microspheres and the production of emulsions.

Validated, Real-time PCR Assays for Rat Genome

November 7, 2014 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories has extended its line of wet-lab validated assays with the PrimePCR Rat Genome Assays for quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). These assays are wet-lab validated for specificity, efficiency and sensitivity, and help researchers adhere to industry best practices known as MIQE (minimum information for publication of quantitative real-time PCR experiments).

Incubator Design Prevents Contamination

November 7, 2014 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Baker Co.’s Cultivo CO2 incubator is designed to prevent contamination and deliver precise, stable and user-defined control over three variables critical for optimal cell growth—temperature, CO2 concentration and relative humidity—all without noticeable condensation during normal operation. The design of the incubator protects against the threat of accidental cell culture contamination from a wide variety of sources due to everyday activities.

Prepared Media Ideal for Food Contamination

May 5, 2014 2:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lab M has launched Pinnacle, a range of ready-prepared microbiological culture media.

Cards Accelerate Blood Plasma Collection, Analysis

May 5, 2014 2:30 pm | Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu Scientific’s Noviplex Next Generation Plasma Sample Collection cards allow for rapid collection of a volumetric sample of plasma from an unmeasured amount of whole blood within min.

Simplified Protocol Accelerates Purification of Proteins

May 5, 2014 2:28 pm | EMD Millipore Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

EMD Millipore’s new recombinant protein purification protocol combines lysis and purification into a single step.

Cell Culture Surface Grows Many Cell Types

May 5, 2014 2:24 pm | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The Thermo Scientific Nunclon Sphera is a polymer-coated surface with low binding characteristics, which is designed to allow many different cell types to grow in suspension, consistently with virtually no cell attachment.

Kits Made Genome Editing Accessible to Everyone

May 5, 2014 2:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Horizon Discovery has launched a full range of GENASSIST gene editing kits, reagents and support services that enable easier, robust implementation of gene editing experiments with CRISPR and rAAV. 

Anesthesia Systems Come in Common Configurations

May 5, 2014 2:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Harvard Apparatus’ anesthesia turnkey systems arrive ready-to-use. 

Kits Offer Ultra-sensitive Cancer Gene Detection

May 5, 2014 2:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EKF Molecular’s PointMan DNA-enrichment technology enables ultra-sensitive and highly specific cancer mutation detection.

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