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Scientists Rate the Top Lab Products

Posted October 08, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

San Diego-based Illumina's MiSeqDx instrument, the first FDA-cleared in vitro diagnostic (IVD) next-generation sequencing system, has captured top honors in SelectScience's best new clinical products competition. To support its ground-breaking sequencing systems, Illumina also offers an ancillary product package that it claims can sequence an individual human genome for $1,000. Get details on five other innovative lab products - from biotypers to genetic analyzers - that were cited by the world's scientists as among the very best of the past year.

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Environmental Arsenal Gets Stronger

Posted August 29, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

From powerful mass spectrometers to mobile devices, tools available for environmental monitoring are becoming ever more efficient, notes this cover story. Inductively-coupled (IC) mass spectrometry, such as the new NexION 350, is increasingly being used for measuring metals in samples, providing up to 100,000 data points/sec. Agilent's new 7900 ICP-MS (see video) extends the range of environmental applications by letting staff switch easily from trace element analysis for demineralized water to high total dissolved solid digests. Read on for more innovations, including field devices from Ocean Optics for monitoring air, water, and soil in real-time.

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Smartphones Invade the Lab

Posted July 28, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Did you ever think that one of your most valuable lab instruments might just be your smartphone? Lab Manager magazine thinks so, as seen in a cover story describing the increasing number of "apps" catering to lab professionals. In many cases, these devices are being connected and synchronized within a lab's network, often to upload test data obtained from equipment in the lab or in the field. Typical of these mobile apps is Accelrys Capture, which lets scientists move around their labs and record information in conjunction with their electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) experiments. Read on to learn about lab instruments specifically designed around smartphone technology.

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Spectroscopy Targets Food Crime

Posted June 14, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Smarting from the UK's horsemeat-sold-as-beef scandal that rocked consumer trust, the food industry is turning to spectroscopy as a major defense against contamination and outright food crime. As noted in this Lab Equipment article, attendees at this year's Pittcon exposition saw a clear emphasis on systems designed to quickly identify adulterated foods. Example: AB SCIEX of Massachusetts has partnered with Germany's University of Munster to develop a rapid LCMS/MS method for detecting pig and horse contamination, based on identifying animal-specific biomarker peptides. Read on for news from other vendors on compact, portable solutions to ensure food safety.

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Why Labs are Embracing Social Media

Posted February 16, 2014 1:00 PM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Lab staff have been among the most skeptical professionals in seeing the value of social media outlets, but the genie is finally out of the bottle, claims Lab Manager. The magazine reports on the diverse social media outlets that lab professionals are embracing in their work. Scientists now use social media for research activities, business functions, and interaction with government agencies on such issues as funding and compliance. Find out which outlets are most useful, and please alert us to others that you access on the job.

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The Logistical Difficulties Of Moving A Science Lab

Posted December 07, 2013 12:00 AM by CR4 Guest Author

The process of moving a lab can seem overwhelming, especially when considering a long distance or international move. In fact, this process can be so overwhelming that there are professionals that can be hired to help lab managers with the process. While there are many steps that need to be taken, breaking them down into smaller pieces can make this daunting project easier.

Individual as well as team organization is necessary for a laboratory move. A laboratory move does not happen overnight. Planning needs to take place months in advance, and procedures need to slowly be put into place for the proper packing and removal of science equipment, specimen, samples and records.

Government/Health/Safety Regulations

While the regulations are necessary for the safety and health of the laboratory scientists, the red tape can be intimidating. It is absolutely necessary, however, that these regulations are followed exactly. If not, the lab could lose their licensing and all of their hard work would be for naught. There are not only regulations for lab chemicals and specimen, but also for lab equipment. Inventory must be taken of all equipment and supplies before leaving the old laboratory, and upon arrival at the new one.

Lab Operations

In most cases, a lab must remain fully functional while in the process of moving. This means that turn-around times need to remain the same for results; in a research facility, testing and experiments need to stay on track in relation to their project. Planning is key when it comes to working around these issues. Schedules need to be put into place, months in advance, for those operations that can be planned. In addition to the operations of the current laboratory, planners need to ensure the new laboratory will be fully operational as quickly as possible.

Equipment Damage

The damaging of equipment is a real possibility when it comes to the proper removal, loading and setup of the equipment. The movers must be knowledgeable about the equipment in order to safely move it. Not only must the proper procedure be followed for the removal of equipment, but the correct apparatus must be used as well. Much of the equipment in a science laboratory is sensitive, so they must be handled with extreme care and calibrated upon arrival at the new laboratory.

Specimen/Sample Damage

Many laboratory specimen and samples are temperature and time sensitive. This must be taken into account during the move. Proper procedures must be followed for any toxic chemicals, or any specimen that can be a biohazard.

While a lab move can be time intensive and stressful, there are many steps that a lab manager can take that make the process smoother. Proper health and safety regulations must be followed, as well as any government regulations set forth for the laboratory. Planning can make following these regulations much easier. Planning is vital when it comes to laboratory operations in the midst of the move. It is a team effort, but with time and cooperation, as well as knowledgeable professionals, the move can be done effectively and efficiently.

Editor's Note: Jan Davidson has worked as a clinical lab specialist for the past 6 years and is extremely passionate about sharing her knowledge with others Jan constantly strives to expand her knowledge, and recommends others do the same by regularly reading the blog.

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