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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”

Has Your School Built a LEED-Certified Lab Yet?

Many university labs are faced with the debate to build new or renovate. Buildings that predate the 1990s can be an uphill battle for lab renovations, given low ceilings, small rooms, antiquated HVAC, and few ADA accommodations. Luckily structures built since the 1990s, when the US enacted national building codes, are much easier to renovate, … Continue reading “Has Your School Built a LEED-Certified Lab Yet?”

Don’t Flush Your Lab’s Budget — Recycle Water to Save Money

Labs that use animals in their research do A LOT of cage washing — and that’s not just water down the drain, but money too. Ditto with single pass water for autoclaving and cooling. With the conservation of resources in mind—and the budget—some labs are closing the loop and finding ways to reuse water safely, … Continue reading “Don’t Flush Your Lab’s Budget — Recycle Water to Save Money”

A Gram of Prevention for Laboratories

Accidents happen! But when they happen in a lab, the damage can be disastrous. An emergency response guide with step-by-step procedures for handling common issues is de rigueur these days. But by the time you’re using the emergency response guide, it’s too late. Too late to save study material and data; too late to avoid … Continue reading “A Gram of Prevention for Laboratories”

Priorclave North America Announces New President, New Directions

Priorclave North America (PNA) is pleased to announce that Barbra Wells has been named their President and CEO. Wells had served for the last year as PNA CEO, spearheading the expansion of the North American arm of Priorclave Ltd.—one of the world’s leading manufacturers of research-grade laboratory autoclaves.   Tony Collins, Managing Director of Priorclave … Continue reading “Priorclave North America Announces New President, New Directions”