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Harnessing Bioluminescence for Responsible Alcohol Consumption

  “O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil! … [T]hat men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!”—William Shakespeare Alcohol is a double threat: It not only impairs reaction times and cognitive abilities, but also judgement. In other … Continue reading “Harnessing Bioluminescence for Responsible Alcohol Consumption”

We Regret to Inform You that there are No “Typical” Sterilizer Cycle Times

Lab managers are often frustrated to learn that there are no “typical” cycle times for autoclaves. It’s not that we’re being coy: There are an enormous number of variables that come into play, from the density of the load to optional autoclave features to local statutes to how you loaded the device. The good news is that, once … Continue reading “We Regret to Inform You that there are No “Typical” Sterilizer Cycle Times”

Keeping Your Autoclave Clean Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

A lot of factors can bring your autoclave down—a freak power outage, a ruptured container, metal fatigue. But a healthy portion of the service calls we see can be largely attributed to poor cleaning maintenance—repairs that are not covered by warranty, and can cost around $2500 in parts and labor. These breakdowns are totally avoidable. The … Continue reading “Keeping Your Autoclave Clean Can Save You Thousands of Dollars”

9 Questions to Help You Find the Right Autoclave

Comparing steam autoclaves between manufacturers can be maddening. You think you have a strong contender, then you look at just one more website and suddenly realize there are massive differences in warranties, or a standard option on one isn’t even available on others. What’s really important in the long run? Compare Autoclaves between Manufacturers with … Continue reading “9 Questions to Help You Find the Right Autoclave”

Animal Research Facilities Save Water, Save Money, and Do Better Research

Animal research facilities go through a lot of water. From cage washing to steam sterilization, their water consumption is higher than most laboratories. And that’s not bad—as anyone who has set foot in an animal lab knows, cage washing and waste sterilization are not corners we want to cut. The good news for animal research … Continue reading “Animal Research Facilities Save Water, Save Money, and Do Better Research”

A Good Autoclave Supplier Helps Veterinary Researchers Get More Done

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) causes  people and animals daily discomfort and distress. IBD can lead to other health problems such as intestinal abscesses, intestinal obstructions, and an increased risk of colon cancer, but it is a disease without a cure. Managed care options include diet, medicine, and surgery, but the condition is chronic and changes … Continue reading “A Good Autoclave Supplier Helps Veterinary Researchers Get More Done”

Architects and Contractors: Call Your Autoclave Suppliers Before Clicking “Buy Now!”

Sometimes researchers show up at a freshly built lab full of brand new equipment and are baffled and annoyed by what they see: The ultra-low freezer is too small, the fume hood too large, the autoclave optimized for dental clinics. Even though it’s all new, people are already jiggering work-arounds on day one—a waste of … Continue reading “Architects and Contractors: Call Your Autoclave Suppliers Before Clicking “Buy Now!””

Choose Your Lab Equipment with Conscience Intact

For a quarter of a century you’ve been able to buy a kitchen fan that the EPA and Department of Energy have verified is efficient, even though 45% of the people who own them hardly use them.  Meanwhile, the average autoclave wastes almost an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of water each year, and no one … Continue reading “Choose Your Lab Equipment with Conscience Intact”

Fighting the Spread of African Swine Fever — Without Creating New Crises

African swine fever is a disease without cure or treatment that has a 90% mortality rate in pigs.  It’s currently affecting parts of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Western Asia, killing off backyard livestock that people rely on for food and trade. UC Davis Finds Solutions to African Swine Fever Esther Kukielka, a graduate student at … Continue reading “Fighting the Spread of African Swine Fever — Without Creating New Crises”