Instrumentation in Latin America
For the past five years, Latin America’s slow growth in the analytical and life science instrument industries have resulted in the region lingering in the shadow of recent powerhouse regions, such as China. Despite the wealth of opportunities in Asia, many sales and marketing managers within the industry are looking at Latin America and wondering if opportunities in the region have been underestimated, and if we’ll see development there take off in the near future Read More
The Breakthrough World of Bioprocessing
Biomanufacturing instruments and techniques have become influential in everything from generating high yield pharmaceutical precursors, to biofuel conversion from biomass. Bioprocessing, or the mass production of therapeutic products, includes three production phases: upstream, fermentation, and downstream processing, each providing an opportunity for improvement in efficiency. Read More
Planning the Ideal Research Conference
Research conferences are an important opportunity for scientists to network and build their careers. For vendors, these events are a chance to learn about competitors and establish connections with potential customers. However, the major organizers of annual events and conferences are often professional societies, hoping to provide their members with cutting-edge information, opportunities for professional advancement, and the ability to connect with others in the same area of science. Read More
High Performance Liquid Chromatography: A Growing Technology Driven by Pharmacology
Vaccines strengthen our immune systems by exposing white blood cells to disease-specific antigens. This builds a depot of memory T cells, so in the case of a full-on infection, our bodies can fight off malicious organisms with greater ease. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been working to develop an HIV vaccine for the past 30 years. This revolutionary medical tool would help reduce the dreadful effects of AIDS on the world population, for many years to come. Read More
Sample Preparation in 2018: a Critical and Rapidly Growing Technology
Imagine a scientist who is on the brink of an important discovery in oncology. She believes to have discovered a new tumor suppressor gene and wants to track this protein’s movement through skin cells by forming a recombinant fluorescent protein. In order to construct this protein, she needs to first extract and purify DNA from the cells of her model organism to identify the gene of interest. Unfortunately, she has consistently failed to purify the DNA due to contaminations in her alcohol-based wash. Read More
Recent Developments in Advanced Microscopy
The past year has yielded exciting improvements in advanced microscopy technologies, including confocal, multiphoton, light sheet fluorescence and other super-resolution techniques. The continued growth of these tools was fueled by both innovative technological development and life science companies establishing new partnerships. In this article, we will discuss some of the cutting-edge advances in microscopy. Read More
Real-Time PCR: A Mature Technology that is Still Evolving
Though a mature technology for many years, real-time PCR has still seen growth and advancements in both application as well as throughput efficiency over the past decade, and even in the last few years. Read More
Tech Overview - Magnetic Sector Mass Spectrometry
Magnetic sector mass spectrometry is the oldest and simplest of the mass spectrometry techniques. It makes use of combinations of magnetic and electric “sectors” that deflect sample ions as they pass through. Read More
"In Plastico" Research: Who Provides the Best Labware?
In times of remarkable technological advances, we often overlook the products our lab depends upon, plasticware. As scientists, we recognize the versatility plastics offer us in terms of strength, flexibility, safety, and convenience when compared to our once exclusively glass products. Some researchers now suggest the term “in plastico” be added to the life scientist’s lexicon since an increasing amount of research is no longer performed “in vitro”. Read More
Tech Overview - FT and Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry
In our latest post in the Mass Spec series we will discuss two great technologies: Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FT/MS)and Ion Trap LC/MS. FT/MS includes ion cyclotron resonance (ICR) designs and Orbitrap mass analyzers. Read More
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