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)”

In the Wrong Hands, Jet Dryers Do More Harm than Good

What’s grosser than gross? Turns out it may not be that guy who didn’t wash his hands after using the restroom. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology reports that jet dryers (such as the Dyson Airblade) spread more germs than warm air dryers or paper towels. Rather than being a solution that is … Continue reading “In the Wrong Hands, Jet Dryers Do More Harm than Good”

Food Truck Food Safety: On the Road to Redemption

Can you trust the nosh you buy from food trucks? Once known as “roach coaches,” the twenty-first century marks a new era for food trucks. But have they shed their bad reputation faster than their bad habits? Customers are flocking to food trucks, many of which embrace a notoriously haute cuisine menu in a remarkably small footprint. … Continue reading “Food Truck Food Safety: On the Road to Redemption”

Learning to Trust Your Autoclave

Dugway Proving Ground was among 9 biodefense research labs temporarily shut down after months of investigation revealed safety concerns, including live anthrax spores outside their containment area. Dugway has been under scrutiny recently for issues regarding the handling of deadly airborne pathogens. Bernie Youngblood, founder and president of Priorclave North America, is concerned these lapses aren’t … Continue reading “Learning to Trust Your Autoclave”