Industrial Synthetic Biology: Synthetic Biology and Industrial Biotechnology Have you ever wondered how epidemiologists identify which bacteria are causing the latest food poisoning outbreak? When biologists need to identify or research a specific cellular organism, they grow that organism in the lab. Cell culturing is a technique for growing cells under aseptic conditions on a [...]
The use of industrial synthetic biology is not new; however, it’s become a rapidly growing field in recent years. Synthetic biology is considered to be a multidisciplinary field between engineering and life sciences. It favors a top-down approach, where only parts of biological systems are modified in the process.This top-down approach is characterized by designing [...]
More and more laboratories are adding more automation capabilities because of the many benefits of laboratory automation, including liquid handling processes. Human error is always a concern, even for the most highly trained technician. Also, results are faster with automatic liquid handling.Tasks performed by humans are always tedious and take longer, thus making automated liquid [...]
ELISA stands for Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay. There are several types of ELISAs, including the sandwich ELISA, indirect ELISA, direct ELISA, and automated ELISA, all of which are used to detect antibodies. So, why is an ELISA sandwich assay associated with a popular lunch menu item? It is called a sandwich because it uses two antibodies, [...]
With the development of new products, medicines, and technologies each day, laboratory managers are turning to automation. Automation increases throughput, reduces errors, and makes lab protocols easy to repeat.
Synthetic biology refers to an interdisciplinary branch of bioengineering in which scientists create or change biological systems. Currently, most synthetic biology applications relate to the metabolites produced by genetically modified organisms. For example, instead of yeast that ferments sugar into alcohol, consider a yeast that transforms agricultural waste into surfactants for cleaning products.Synthetic biology relies [...]
Learn about the pH meter principle and application of this useful chemistry tool. From medicine to agriculture, pH can be used to understand chemicals and perform safety checks.
Every laboratory needs an automated liquid handling machine and other devices. Liquid handling is an important part of any process, whether you’re running a full-scale multifunction workstation or are using simply one pipet. Liquid handling devices and machines have come a long way—the first system for liquid handling was presented in 1875 by Thaddeus M. [...]
Automation in microbiology offers very distinct benefits: first, laboratory robotics and automation provide accuracy and efficiency, which is a benefit when many samples must be analyzed. However, there has also been a lack of staffing within the past several years. As of 2018, it was estimated that 17.4 percent of laboratory staff was expected to [...]
ELISA, which stands for Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay, is a type of immunological assay. Antigens from a sample are placed onto a surface, followed by an antibody in its most basic form. The antibody then must link to an enzyme, removing unbound antibodies. Finally, the enzyme’s substrate is added right before the detection phase. ELISA has [...]