Volume 6 Issue 2 | February 2011

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Cover Story


By Sara Goudarzi

Our third annual confidence survey reveals that survey participants—ranging from technicians to corporate management—believe their research organizations will be just slightly better off financially than they were a year ago and that business conditions in their market sectors will somewhat improve to support or attract significant research investments.


Laboratory Technology

Leadership and Staffing

Showing Off Your Lab

Well-organized laboratory visits can help your company expand sales, recruit new employees and persuade people that your laboratory is a community asset. So it’s worth spending time and effort to organize them.

Lab Manager Academy: Email Etiquette

Have you ever been on the receiving end of an email from the “all caps junkie” or the “cc: monster”? In our fast-paced workplace, email is the norm, whether via computer or smart phone.

Science Matters: Decide to be Different

Many lab scientists remember what it was like to work “on the bench.” The term referred to the standard practice of manual processes or methods. No matter what services a particular lab offered, you could bet the work was all done by hand.

Laboratory Technology

900 Seconds at XenoTech

Kansas-based CRO XenoTech needed to minimize the time it took to validate its automated liquid handlers. With the help of Artel’s multichannel verification system, they were able to reduce the time it took to accurately verify each robot from four hours to 15 minutes.

Troubled Standards

If standardization is such a key element to integration and the industry has been so interested in it for so long, one might ask, “Why don’t we have these standards in place?” Answer: “Because it’s really, really hard!”

Product Focus

Product Focus: Glove Boxes

Glove boxes are enclosed, controlled-environment chambers that serve as isolation or containment spaces for laboratory work. Most glove boxes operate in isolation mode, under positive pressure, to protect samples or experiments from the environment.


Product Focus

Product Focus: Lab Ovens

Most laboratory workers view ovens almost as utilities, using them principally for drying glassware and heatresistant equipment, regenerating desiccants and catalysts, gently heating samples (and sometimes whole experiments), and curing or preparing materials and composites.


2011 Lab Oven Product Survey

Nobody gets excited about lab ovens, but they are definitely essential lab components. Ovens are found in almost every industrial, research and development laboratory. Keep reading to get the exciting results of our lab ovens survey.


Product Focus

Product Focus: Microplate Handlers

Experimentation in microtiter plates exemplifies the two dominating trends in the life sciences: higher throughput and smaller sample size. Microplate handlers are the robotic glue that connects microplate readers, liquid dispensers, plate storage systems, plate washers, and other equipment essential for microplate-based research and development.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Lemur Research Center Updated and Expanded

Life has improved dramatically for 140 diurnal lemurs and the husbandry staff and researchers who care for and study them, as a result of two new state-of-the-art facilities at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC), a refuge owned by Duke University that houses the world’s largest collection of lemurs outside of their native Madagascar.

Laboratory Technology

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: Forensic Labs

U.S. forensic laboratories are reeling from the enfeeblement of city, state and federal budgets. And with substantive regulatory changes slated for 2011, the labs may soon experience alterations in how they are accredited and managed, how their staffers are trained and certified, and how they are funded and paid for their services.

Lab Product

Evolution of Mass Spectrometers

Mass spectrometers, one of the principal instruments for investigating chemical composition, operate by separating ions according to their mass/charge ratio by transmitting them through a magnetic and electrical field.

Ask the Expert

Lab Health and Safety

Cutting it Close

Every workplace involves cutting tasks where utility knives are used. By observing your various cutting operations and the type of utility knives used, you can ensure the proper tool is used for the task.

Laboratory Technology

Lab Health and Safety

Dangerous Gases

A well-managed cylinder control program should be a top priority for every industrial, educational and research facility.

Business Management

Rent, Lease or Buy

What happens when you are told that your company’s existing bank lines are insufficient? What if your company cannot qualify for bank financing due to current economic conditions? The answer may be a capital lease or rental of the equipment.

Laboratory Technology

How it Works

How to Use Multiplex Testing to Conserve Sample

As more analytes are discovered, more tests are required per biological sample for drug discovery, research analysis and diagnostic testing. However, an unlimited amount of sample is never available.


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