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Surgical Instrument Sterilization Crisis: Instruments That Can’t Be Autoclaved

Technologically advanced medical instruments save countless lives each year, helping millions of patients avoid the risks that come with open surgery. But the same advanced mechanisms that make these instruments so versatile and effective can also make advanced surgical instrument sterilization devilishly hard. According to a recent New York Times article, over the last several years … Continue reading “Surgical Instrument Sterilization Crisis: Instruments That Can’t Be Autoclaved”

The Right Autoclave for Tissue Culture Cannabis Production

Tissue culture cannabis micropropagation seems like nothing but win-win-win: Higher productivity (and thus greater profits) in a smaller space with more reliable genetics and heartier plants.  This time lapse video shows three days of tissue culture cannabis growth in the lab: The catch?  In order to get those reliable genetics you need “pharmaceutical-grade cleanliness,” a true … Continue reading “The Right Autoclave for Tissue Culture Cannabis Production”

Tissue Culture Cannabis Propagation Yields True Genetic Clones

As we’ve noted, medical and recreational cannabis suppliers who embrace tissue culture cannabis propagation methods enjoy some stunning operational advantages.  Easily the most significant of these: genetics. Reliable Genetics with Tissue Culture Cannabis Standard plant cloning techniques—while tried and true—are highly susceptible to mutation and genetic drift.  As such, each clone isn’t really necessarily genetically … Continue reading “Tissue Culture Cannabis Propagation Yields True Genetic Clones”

Five Reasons to Consider Tissue Culture Cannabis Production

Although cloning still rules the cannabis industry, tissue culture cannabis propagation offers five absolutely enormous advantages. Tissue Culture Cannabis Production Advantages Compact operations—Even as medical and recreational cannabis legalization continue to become the norm, most locales have fairly strict production and handling regulations–which often essentially mandate indoor grow operations.  Space is at a premium. And a … Continue reading “Five Reasons to Consider Tissue Culture Cannabis Production”

Tissue Culture Cannabis Pushes Past the “Cutting Edge” of Cloning

“Cloning” sounds futuristic (and possibly sinister—especially when applied to sheep and monkeys).  But most of us did this in grade school: Take a rooted cutting from a “mother“ plant (for example, a chunk of raw potato that is sprouting an “eye”), plant it in soil, and you’ll grow a “clone” of that mother—a new plant, … Continue reading “Tissue Culture Cannabis Pushes Past the “Cutting Edge” of Cloning”

Types of Autoclaves: Choosing the Right Chamber

There are so many types of autoclaves — not just in terms of autoclave processes (dry heat, steam, etc.). There are also seemingly small differences—like size, orientation, and chamber type—that can have a big impact on your lab’s operations.  How do you determine which is right for your lab? This is a really interesting article … Continue reading “Types of Autoclaves: Choosing the Right Chamber”

Battling Fatbergs Here and Abroad

Our UK associates were delighted to see a pair of Priorclave research autoclaves featured in a recent episode of Blue Planet UK on BBC One: The noble task of those autoclaves?  Helping scientist breakdown and analyze a massive “fatberg” found clogging the sewers of Sidmouth (an otherwise lovely fishing village in South West England). Blue … Continue reading “Battling Fatbergs Here and Abroad”

Trends in Retort Processing: Goodbye Canned Food, Hello “Retort Pouches”

For hundreds of years retort processing (i.e., “canning”) has made it possible to prepare spaghetti sauce in minutes—instead of hours—eat tuna regardless of how many thousands of miles you live from an ocean, and have veggies year-round. In terms of the production workflow and equipment, food and beverage retort processing has changed very little since … Continue reading “Trends in Retort Processing: Goodbye Canned Food, Hello “Retort Pouches””

Your Biohazard Waste Autoclave Procedure: What Time and Temperature?

When we last discussed red-bag waste autoclave procedure, we talked about running “your standard waste cycle” (noting that these vary by lab). So how do you determine your lab’s “standard” biohazard waste cycle?  The general rule for autoclave sterilization taught at most colleges is “15 minutes at 121ºC kills everything.“  But that’s definitely too short … Continue reading “Your Biohazard Waste Autoclave Procedure: What Time and Temperature?”

Autoclave Procedure for Pipette Tips

The autoclave procedure for pipette tips is a little more involved than other red bag waste. Why? Because pipette tips are pokey: They like to poke through bags and into people.  Even if your pipette tips themselves aren’t contaminated, they are a super-duper good vector for dangerous pathogens.  They’re also great at making sure goop … Continue reading “Autoclave Procedure for Pipette Tips”