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Lab Advances That Transform Science

Posted March 29, 2015 12:00 AM by IHS 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 IHS 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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Scientists Rate the Top Lab Products

Posted October 08, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS Engineering360 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 Engineering360 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 Engineering360 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 Engineering360 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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