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?”

Legionella Research Can Afford No Shortcuts

Legionella has an old-fashioned ring to it, but this bacterium is causing pneumonia outbreaks (Legionnaires’ Disease and Pontiac Fever) in modern, urban areas like Brooklyn and Chicago. Spread by infected water vapor carried by cooling towers and HVAC systems, these Legionella outbreaks hit vulnerable populations — largely children and senior citizens — the hardest, sometimes leading to death. … Continue reading “Legionella Research Can Afford No Shortcuts”