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Colony Picking As Part Of Cell Culture

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 [...]

2022-06-22T14:44:07-04:00June 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Colony Picking As Part Of Cell Culture

Industrial Uses of Synthetic Biology: An Overview

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 [...]

2022-06-14T18:46:56-04:00June 14th, 2022|Comments Off on Industrial Uses of Synthetic Biology: An Overview

Best Types of Automated Liquid Handling Systems/Robots

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 [...]

2022-06-07T20:06:45-04:00June 7th, 2022|Comments Off on Best Types of Automated Liquid Handling Systems/Robots

What Is an ELISA Sandwich Assay?

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, [...]

2022-05-18T17:57:35-04:00May 31st, 2022|Comments Off on What Is an ELISA Sandwich Assay?

Not Sure What to Go For? Here Are Some Laboratory Automation Examples

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.

2022-05-24T14:18:49-04:00May 24th, 2022|Comments Off on Not Sure What to Go For? Here Are Some Laboratory Automation Examples

Automation of Synthetic Biology Processes: Some Staples to Consider

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 [...]

2022-06-22T13:43:58-04:00May 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Automation of Synthetic Biology Processes: Some Staples to Consider

Liquid Handling Devices You Need In Your Laboratory

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. [...]

2022-05-18T16:30:58-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Liquid Handling Devices You Need In Your Laboratory

Automation Opportunities in a Microbiology Lab

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 [...]

2022-04-26T17:29:49-04:00April 26th, 2022|Comments Off on Automation Opportunities in a Microbiology Lab

Automated ELISA and Its Applications

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 [...]

2022-04-19T00:58:15-04:00April 19th, 2022|Comments Off on Automated ELISA and Its Applications
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