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Neurology Research Turning the Tide of Opioid Abuse

Drug overdoses now kill Americans at a faster rate than car accidents, with opioid abuse largely to blame. Almost 100 Americans die each day from overdoses of heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and morphine. Sadly, most of the people struggling with addiction are ashamed to reach out for help because of lingering misconceptions that categorize … Continue reading “Neurology Research Turning the Tide of Opioid Abuse”

University Microbiology Research Fights Unseen Battles

From Chagas disease to antibiotic resistant bacteria, Priorclave’s customers are doing important research in modern disease. Battling Antibiotic Resistance at the DNA Level The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology at Birkbeck, University of London—in partnership with the University College London—were the first group to examine the entire structure of Tral, a relaxase protein. Relaxase … Continue reading “University Microbiology Research Fights Unseen Battles”

How Medical Equipment Specialists Can Make Research Labs Happy

Everyone’s busy these days. Lab and facility managers are increasingly turning to medical equipment specialists and suppliers for advice on big ticket items. Your clients want a good value in their new lab equipment, but they don’t have time to debate the minutia of product specs, to stay on top of the latest trends in … Continue reading “How Medical Equipment Specialists Can Make Research Labs Happy”

Priorclave: The Original Programmable Research-Grade Autoclave

Life sciences and medical research and development are notorously “recession-proof” in North America. Current forecasts from Deloitte, Mordor Intelligence, Azoth Analytics, and others project that various research sectors will continue to see anywhere from 6 to 21 percent annual growth over the coming decade. It’s no surprise that many traditional medical autoclave manufacturers are looking … Continue reading “Priorclave: The Original Programmable Research-Grade Autoclave”

“Faculty Phenotyping” for New Levels of Flexibility in Interdisciplinary Lab Design

“Interdisciplinary” is the buzz word of 21st-century scientific research. But it’s not as simple as putting a chemist, a biologist, and an engineer in the same room to work. Each discipline has its tools and best practices, and projects evolve. Lab planners need to design and equip spaces that are flexible and functional for the … Continue reading ““Faculty Phenotyping” for New Levels of Flexibility in Interdisciplinary Lab Design”

The Most Brutal Threat to American Food Production

The news can talk a blue streak about GMOs and honey bee colony collapse, but the major 21st Century threat to agricultural production and food security is a problem as old as agriculture: soil salinity. Removing water from the soil (for example, through crop growth or evaporation) always leaves behind salts, which most plants don’t … Continue reading “The Most Brutal Threat to American Food Production”

What Universities Get Wrong About Their Lab Autoclave

University facility managers often contact us with an odd request: They need an affordable, efficient lab autoclave for a research facility—but they say that autoclave will need to run nearly constantly during the workday, all year round. While 24/7/365 operation is totally normal throughput for a medical-grade autoclave in a busy hospital, in our years … Continue reading “What Universities Get Wrong About Their Lab Autoclave”

Genetically Modified Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Scientific

Many promises are made about genetically modified (GM) food, but the facts still wait to be proven — either way. For example, GM soybean oil was touted as healthier, but a joint study by UC Riverside and UC Davis demonstrated that these claims were marginal at best: Results indicate that GM soybean oil is just … Continue reading “Genetically Modified Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Scientific”

Taking on Zoonotic Disease

Even more so than human medical research, veterinary medical research has a wide range of facets, from investigating how to best alleviate the pain and suffering of individual animals, to addressing public health concerns raised by zoonosis (disease that can be transmitted between humans and other animals), to the economic effects created by a scarcity … Continue reading “Taking on Zoonotic Disease”

Rare Disease in Dogs Helps Us Better Understand Ourselves

Sometimes your pet is sick and you don’t know why. They can’t tell you. They might show you in vague ways, such as eating less, sleeping more, scratching too much, or coughing occasionally. No one wants to over-react, but by the time you make it to the vet it could be too late for intervention. … Continue reading “Rare Disease in Dogs Helps Us Better Understand Ourselves”