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Do I Need an “ASME-stamped” Autoclave Sterilizer?

Many lab and facility managers are unsure whether or not they need to worry about their steam autoclave sterilizer being “ASME-stamped.” Short Answer: Yes, Always Buy an Autoclave Sterilizer Built to ASME Standards Play it safe and look for the ASME stamp. First and foremost, it’s a matter of life safety: a faulty autoclave sterilizer … Continue reading “Do I Need an “ASME-stamped” Autoclave Sterilizer?”

Autoclave Sterilizer Explainer: What is an “ASME stamp”?

Having an “ASME stamped” pressure vessel is one of the key price differentiators for an autoclave sterilizer. The is especially the case with the smaller autoclaves marketed towards start-up research labs, microbrewers, and the cannabis industry. As a rule, autoclave sterilizers that don’t have an ASME stamp are going to be cheaper—and, as always, you … Continue reading “Autoclave Sterilizer Explainer: What is an “ASME stamp”?”

Disposable Plastics: Single-Use Medical Devices vs. Better Autoclave Procedures

The healthcare industry has an established way to deal with hard-to-sterilize medical instruments: disposable plastics Although single-use disposable plastics are under fire (consider the “war on drinking straws“), it’s important to keep in mind that modern disposable plastics literally save millions of lives annually: I keep seeing people advocating for the ban of all single-use … Continue reading “Disposable Plastics: Single-Use Medical Devices vs. Better Autoclave Procedures”

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”