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Laboratory Scheduling Software: Capabilities And Downsides

From bulb pipetting to handheld pipettes to electronic pipettors, laboratories worldwide are modernizing through the addition of complex machinery and robotic assistance. This growing trend has helped scientists increase their productivity and overall laboratory throughput. Many of these instruments are self-sustaining and require little human support. Where many might think a human technician is responsible [...]

2022-01-18T20:22:28-05:00January 18th, 2022|Comments Off on Laboratory Scheduling Software: Capabilities And Downsides

Serial Dilutions In Microbiology 101

You are probably familiar with some microbes like bacteria and viruses, but the category includes protists and fungi. Scientists incubate these microbes in the lab, keeping them alive so their characteristics can be studied.But what is microbiology? Microbiology is the study of living organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye. These [...]

2022-01-18T20:15:31-05:00January 11th, 2022|Comments Off on Serial Dilutions In Microbiology 101

The Best Benchtop pH Meter: How to Choose The Right One For You

pH is a measurable parameter with implications in biology, chemistry, agriculture, and food science. In fact, pH initiates the color change in hydrangeas, where lower pH (around 5.2) allows aluminum intake, making the flowers appear blue. An increase in pH (around 6.0) prevents aluminum intake, thus turning the flowers pink.pH is measured on a scale [...]

2022-01-04T08:57:26-05:00January 4th, 2022|Comments Off on The Best Benchtop pH Meter: How to Choose The Right One For You

Using Software To Improve PCR

PCR is a popular lab technique with genomics, medicine, forensic science, and environmental biology applications. In 1993, the scientist who developed PCR, Kary Mullins, was awarded a Nobel prize in chemistry. Since then, PCR has revolutionized biology. PCR testing with nasal swabs is the gold standard for diagnosing Covid-19.How are scientists today using software to [...]

2022-01-04T08:51:14-05:00December 28th, 2021|Comments Off on Using Software To Improve PCR

Key Components of Efficient Automated Liquid Handling Workstations

Lab technicians measure, dispense, and mix liquids every day. Liquid handling is a key element of scientific research in various industries, from microbiology to food manufacturing to cosmetics. Common microplate sizes range from single -384 wells and beyone, which could take minutes to fill if done by hand. As a result, many companies have integrated [...]

2021-12-21T18:25:38-05:00December 21st, 2021|Comments Off on Key Components of Efficient Automated Liquid Handling Workstations

Advantages of Lab-Quality Devices That Measure pH

Studying Microbe Colonies Are you curious about what pH probes measure, why pH is important, and how  devices that measure pH work? In high school chemistry, you might have used pH litmus paper strips to test liquids, but pH measurement probes can be far more accurate than paper test strips. Litmus paper was discovered in [...]

2021-12-14T16:46:48-05:00December 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Advantages of Lab-Quality Devices That Measure pH

Why Are Colonies Important in the Study Of Microbiology

Colonies give scientists information about a particular microbe that has replicated into a group sharing the same genes. Studying that group of microbes helps microbiologists identify the microbe. That’s why colonies are important in the study of microbiology: because microbes are so small, it can be hard to identify a single microbe. So, colonies give [...]

2021-12-07T17:18:34-05:00December 7th, 2021|Comments Off on Why Are Colonies Important in the Study Of Microbiology

Best Types of pH Meters for Microbiology Labs

pH is critical to life. In fact, for lifeforms living in liquids, such as the ocean, the pH of that liquid dictates what species can survive there. For example, scientists are concerned for ocean life, because rising CO2 levels from climate change actually decreases the pH of the ocean, making it too acidic for some [...]

2021-11-30T16:53:04-05:00November 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Best Types of pH Meters for Microbiology Labs

Core Laboratory Automation Products for an Efficient Lab Workflow

Scientists have long sought ways to maximize their laboratory throughput by developing machinery that simplifies difficult or repetitive tasks. The use of laboratory automation products increased following the world wars, where Dr. Masahide Sasaki became the first scientist to develop a fully automated lab in the early 1980’s. At the Kochi Medical School in Japan, [...]

2021-11-22T23:05:14-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Comments Off on Core Laboratory Automation Products for an Efficient Lab Workflow

Uses Of An Automated Liquid Dispenser In The Laboratory

Components of a pH Meter In 1961, J.J. Rodriguez of Berkeley, California, introduced a patent for an "improved buret." He designed it to dispense liquids like a buret and said it will provide “a novel and improved buret capable of use in pipetting.” Fast-forward to today. An automated liquid handling/dispensing system in the laboratory can [...]

2021-11-16T13:16:44-05:00November 16th, 2021|Comments Off on Uses Of An Automated Liquid Dispenser In The Laboratory
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