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”

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”

Harnessing Bioluminescence for Responsible Alcohol Consumption

  “O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil! … [T]hat men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!”—William Shakespeare Alcohol is a double threat: It not only impairs reaction times and cognitive abilities, but also judgement. In other … Continue reading “Harnessing Bioluminescence for Responsible Alcohol Consumption”

Prosthetic Life Cycle Testing Made Easier is Better

The deeper into the body surgeons and engineers must go to install prosthetics, the more crucial it is that installation must go right the first time and that device remain reliable over the long haul. To avoid surgical do-overs, prosthetics must be rigorously tested and meticulously placed. One thing we learned from talking to research labs … Continue reading “Prosthetic Life Cycle Testing Made Easier is Better”

Medical Prosthetic Research Doesn’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

It may be the 21st century, but people are still falling apart.  We rely on medical science to keep us up and running, whether we need an artificial limb, a cochlear implant, a false eye, or a neural implant to manage chronic migraines.  Biomedical engineering is moving at a fast pace; in the past twenty … Continue reading “Medical Prosthetic Research Doesn’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg”