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The Lab Equipment Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about clinical and research labware, environmental technology, test and metrology, and health and safety. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Banking on the Future

Posted February 25, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Biobanks are set to grow in the future despite some challenges and public misgivings, according to recent studies. The industry is undergoing a paradigm shift that will create new uses for collected samples and the voluminous data that can be mined. The challenges, reports Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, include protecting personal health information and patient identities, sample tracking, and building an annotated specimen bank.Growth through 2020 is projected at about 8% CAGR as the industry shifts from simple management of biological data to more strategic uses.


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Tomorrow's Labs Today

Posted January 22, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A New Year dawns and laboratories look toward the future, whether floating in space or rooted on Earth. In Germany, academics and business leaders develop tomorrow's interdisciplinarySmartLab concept that combines robotic automation, advanced information technology, human-machine interaction, and improved equipment communication. Other labs incorporate 3D printing technology, new data recording and analysis capabilities such as the Cloud. They face new challenges such as personalized medicine and gene editing techniques, while struggling against a dearth of workers and negative public perceptions. Still, not everything has changed. Edison's lab-of-the-future featured multiple disciplines - chemical processing and machine shop - and workers operated in an open-area, collaborative lab environment.


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Google Leaps Into Life Sciences

Posted December 06, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Google continues to expand beyond its internet roots with the launch of a life sciences firm to develop miniaturized electronic devices such as a nano-diagnostics platform and a smart contact lens. The new company, named Alphabet, has already lured away top talent from high-profile institutions such as Harvard Medical School. Google is not alone, however. Apple has invented a software development kit for health-related research apps and IBM launched Watson Health. Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are also said to be developing life science products.


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Life Sciences Look to the Space Station

Posted October 02, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Life sciences exploration is constantly expanding, and the "next great frontier" for this branch of science is space, according to Bioscience Technology. The weightless conditions of space increases the pace of research. New experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) include a U.S. venture with the Beijing Institute - a first since a ban prohibiting collaboration in space was overturned. In the experitment, DNA will be flown to the ISS and studied to determine if space radiation and microgravity cause mutations. In another not-so-life-sciences-related case, six samples of whiskey were sent to the ISS for aging tests.


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Lab Advances That Transform Science

Posted March 29, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

What are the lab equipment breakthroughs that are having the biggest impact on the work of scientists? This article gives The Scientist's take on the most significant innovations of 2014. The top five technologies all involve genome sequencing tools, including equipment to make it easier to prepare genetic regions for sequencing and a processor that handles the reams of data that result from such analyses. Other pacesetters range from a liver model that remains phenotypically stable for 40 days to a literature-management tool for tracking the flood of scientific papers. Read on for all the details.


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Labs Take Aim at Contamination

Posted December 29, 2014 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Always wary of contamination, labs are becoming ever more watchful amid global concerns over Ebola and a much reported anthrax scare at a CDC facility. As this article notes, labs are embracing products like single-use micro-bioreactors to keep contamination at bay. One forecast pegs the growth rate of the single-use bioprocessing market at 38% annually over the next four years. Besides greater safety advantages, life cycle costs can also be reduced substantially for single-use bioreactors vs conventional technology. Read on for examples of new single-use lab products, as well as the results of a new Laboratory Equipment reader survey on steps labs are taking to ward off contamination.


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