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January 21, 2013



VHP Safety Basics

A research technician enters a freshly decontaminated sterilization room to prepare or collect implements for research procedures. Almost immediately her nose and throat feel a tingling irritation, then she begins coughing and feeling a shortness of breath. In a few minutes she begins experiencing a stinging sensation on her skin, and her eyes are watering and burning to the point that seeing is difficult. She is trying to find the door to get out and thinking that she didn’t see or smell anything out of the ordinary upon entering the room. What went wrong?

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 Featured Product

High-performance FTIR

From research to routine tasks, Shimadzu’s FTIR spectrometers provide high-precision infrared analysis to confirm, identify and detect foreign matter in a variety of fields. They feature long-term stability, high sensitivity, analysis support programs, and easy-to-use software. A full lineup of accessories is available to address numerous applications.

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 Featured Question and Discussions

Plenty of discussions are happening on LabWrench all the time. We have many questions come in daily from users that are seeking advice from fellow users and lab professionals. Can you help any of these users find the answers they are looking for?

About dual luciferase
I want to use luminoskan ascent for dual luciferase (firely and renilla) activity assay, but I am not sure how to set the panel. Will you please find me instructions on how to do it?
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Need to get rid of discrete, erratic signal dips that are occurring on FID runs
We recently moved our two 5890 Series II GCs to a new building and ever since the move small signal interfering dips have popped up in our FID runs. The columns are new since the move, we have appropriate filters/traps installed on all of our gas lines and we have cleaned out both of our FIDs. Both GCs have split columns and the dips are not appearing in the PID column on either. The dips are much more frequent (i.e. almost every run) during working hours and rare during non-working hours, making me think it must be electrical-related. Any advice on what I can do to troubleshoot or fix the problem?
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No peaks
No peaks coming through detector, but detector responds when human breath is blown into it.
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Metal on metal sound
When the door is opened or closed there is a load metal on metal banging sound. Is this common? What part has gone bad?
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 Featured News

Carl Zeiss LSM 780 Imaging System Goes Beyond Traditional Confocal Limits
The award winning LSM 780 from Carl Zeiss has an almost doubled rate of sensitivity and counting and increased speed and image quality that lets the user analyze single molecules at a new level. The confocal laser scanning microscope features a high-sensitivity GaAsP detector, innovative software functions for single molecule and high dynamic range imaging, and a 355nm CW laser.
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Introduces New Benchtop Robot for Automated Workflows
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced the launch of the Thermo Scientific VALet, a benchtop robot enabling simple, configurable laboratory automation. Adaptable to user demands, VALetTM has been designed to allow multiple hotel positioning for customizable, high density microplate movement and storage, which can increase productivity in a limited work space.
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Akonni Biosystems Expands Family of TruTip Extraction Products for Hamilton Microlab STAR Line of Liquid Handling Workstations
Akonni Biosystems announced it has extended its family of "smart-tip" extraction products for rapidly purifying human genomic deoxyribonucleic acid (gDNA) on the Hamilton Microlab® STAR™ line of robotic liquid handling workstations. The first product in the family of gDNA kits provides laboratory technicians with the ability to process up to 300 µL of fresh or frozen whole blood.
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Eppendorf’s new epMotion® P5073 and M5073 deliver tailored automation of PCR setup and nucleic acid purification
Two new additions to Eppendorf’s extensive range of automated pipetting systems are uniquely tailored for PCR setup and nucleic acid purification, yet retain the flexibility that allows their use as open systems for diverse automated liquid handling applications.
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