Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Autoclave Gravity Cycles (but were afraid to ask)

Making the jump from a little “semi-disposable” tabletop sterilizer to a true research-grade autoclave means getting a handle on a slew of new terminology. One piece of jargon seems to particularly trip up lab managers and others researching their autoclave options: “Gravity cycle.” What the heck is a “gravity cycle”? Short answer: A “gravity cycle” … Continue reading “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Autoclave Gravity Cycles (but were afraid to ask)”

Virginia Tech Develops New Therapies to Treat the Most Aggressive Brain Cancers

Glioblastomas are unrelenting. About half of those diagnosed with this highly malignant form of brain cancer die within two years of diagnosis. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Tackles Hard Problems Priorclave partner Virginia Tech is pursuing new therapies to treat people with gliobastomas at its Carilion Research Institute. Michael J. Friedlander, founding executive director of the … Continue reading “Virginia Tech Develops New Therapies to Treat the Most Aggressive Brain Cancers”

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”

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”