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Cover Story |  Volume 6 - Issue 4  |  May 2011

Laboratory Etiquette

How lapses in etiquette can devastate a lab's morale...


Leadership and Staffing

Laboratory Etiquette

Many lab managers still remember them from their student days—a handful of hastily stapled printouts sternly titled “Laboratory etiquette—Acceptable standards of conduct.” Those were rules to live by, and the smallest violation landed a budding laboratory scientist in front of the ticked-off chief instructor.

Empowering Your Staff

In 2002, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) embarked on an educational project to leave no young manager behind.

Science Matters: Invest in Skill Building and Watch Potential Grow

Know where the safety equipment is. Don’t eat or drink on the job. Wear the right clothes. And please don’t casually pour chemicals down the drain. Such precautions may sound elementary, but these important and fundamental lab safety practices must be mastered or quality down the line could suffer.

Laboratory Technology

Choosing the Right Biological Safety Cabinet

Panelists from Our February 15th Webinar Outline Some Key Features to Consider When Purchasing a BSC.

A List of Useful Links Related to Biosafety Cabinets

Some useful resources related to biosafety cabinets.

What You Absolutely Must Know if You're Using a BSC

Anyone using a biosafety cabinet should be trained In at least the following.

Cell Culture Contamination

Cell Culture Contamination

This is the first in a three-part series on CO2 incubation. Biological contamination is the dread of every person working with cell culture. Find out how to avoid it

May 2011 Technology News

The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market.

Business Management

Lab Manager Academy: The Cost of Disorganization… Can You Afford It?

For most, being organized means “a place for everything and everything in its place,” but the true definition of being organized is being able to find things when you need them, not three weeks later.

Developing New Revenue Streams

Developing profitable new products and processes is the major mission of corporate laboratories. Professors justify their research grants aimed at developing new knowledge by describing how the research can eventually result in new products and processes to create new business, improve health, or protect the environment. Government labs justify their research in the same way.

Lab Product

Marcel Golay with HPLC Column

Evolution of Chromatography Columns

The history of chromatography dates back to the mid-19th century

MindMap: Increase My Lab’s Productivity Through Automation

Driven by the pressure to control costs while generating better quality data, automated, unattended, and reliable operation is what lab professionals are looking for from their instruments.

Pre-Owned Equipment Marketplace

Check this month's featured companies.

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Keeping Up with HPLC and UHPLC Advances

Daniel Zimmerli, associate scientist and lead of the Separation Science Point group, discusses how his team uses high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ultra-high performance (or pressure) LC (UHPLC) technologies for analytical and preparative work.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Microbiology Lab

Wally Thompson is the Microbiology Supervisor at Gambro in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gambro is a global medical technology company, with manufacturing facilities in countries all over the world including Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Korea, and China, that develops and manufactures products and therapies related to kidney diseases.


2011 CO2 Incubators Survey Results

Laboratory incubators have evolved steadily over the latter part of the twentieth century, and have remained an important piece of laboratory equipment. Find out the results of our lab incubators survey here!

2011 Fume Hoods User Survey Results

One of the primary safety devices in laboratories where chemicals are used is the laboratory fume hood. Continue on to find out the results of our fume hood survey.

2011 LIMS User Survey Results

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) serves as the interface to a laboratory’s data, instruments, analyses and reports. Read on to find out the results of our LIMS survey.

Product Focus

Product Focus: LIMS

Laboratory information management systems (LIMSs) are software packages that connect instruments, other software and sample management to human operators and other data systems, including electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs).

Centrifuges: Ergonomics and Construction

Centrifuges: Ergonomics and Construction

New materials and ergonomics contribute to ease of operation

Product Focus: TOF Mass Spectrometry

Once the domain of do-it-yourself Ph.D. scientists who spent years studying its intricacies, mass spectrometry (MS) is continuing to go “down market,” says Alessandro Baldi, Ph.D., business manager for MS at PerkinElmer (Waltham, MA).

Product Focus: Water Purification Systems

Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, laboratory water purification systems get no respect. Lab workers use them every day, but few realize— beyond opening the spigot—how they operate.

Lab Health and Safety

The NFPA Hazard Diamond

We all know how diamonds are formed. You take a lump of carbon and subject it to intense pressure and high temperatures, and magically those carbon atoms are pressed into a diamond. The diamonds we are discussing in this article are formed much more easily.

Special Hazards: NFPA Hazard Diamond

Experienced laboratory managers know that there are four basic categories of chemicals: toxic, corrosive, flammable and reactive.

Use It Or Lose It

Use It Or Lose It

Laboratories frequently accumulate bottles of old chemicals, often toxic or hazardous, that are no longer used. Laboratory managers can use several strategies to properly reuse or dispose of these chemicals.

Chemical Disposal and Lab Staff Reductions

Staff reductions can result in severe challenges to proper chemical waste disposal management. In some recent cases, entire large facilities have been closed.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Safety Tip: Use Warning Signs to Designate Particular Hazards

The use of warning signs to designate particular hazards is not just a good idea. It’s the law.

White Papers and Application Notes

Maximizing UV Light For Lab Water Systems

Conventional lab water systems use UV light by flowing water in a chamber around the bulb in a protective quartz sleeve as part of the recirculation loop.

Improving Performance and Sensitivity of LC/MS Instruments Using Optimized LC/MS Solvents

Increasing the sensitivity and resolution of LC/MS instruments has been an ongoing focus for instrument manufacturers.

Sample Security Through Quality Manufacturing

The integrity of samples is paramount in all critical laboratory processes, and important in more routine operations.

Ultrapure Water for PCR

Ultrapure Water for PCR

PCR techniques are in widespread use for the amplification of genetic material. The need for reagents and solutions free from nucleases (DNase, RNase) is widely recognized, however, it is vital to also ensure the absence of other waterborne contaminants which could cause problems with test results.

Eppendorf Mastercycler® Pro*: Improved Protection Against Evaporation of Reaction Solution

The new heated lid technology, vapo.protect™, featured by the Eppendorf Mastercycler pro, achieves improved evaporation protection even at the corner and edge positions of the thermoblock.

How Tubes Can Affect Your Experiments

It has been known for several years that chemicals (e.g., BPA and phlalates) can leach out of the plastic, such as toys and baby bottles. The impact of these chemicals on human health is well known.

High-Performance Mass Spectrometry Using a No-Compromises Approach

LECO Corporation continues its history of innovation in high-speed time-of-flight mass spectrometry with the introduction of new High Resolution TOFMS (HRT) instrumentation, available in LC and GC configurations.

Analysis of Sodium in Foodstuffs by Thermometric Titration

Analysis of Sodium in Foodstuffs by Thermometric Titration

Consumers and regulatory agencies are expressing more and more interest in the true amount of sodium contained in food products. Sodium has traditionally been indirectly tested using a silver nitrate precipitation reaction.

Flash DSC 1 – A Quantum Leap in DSC Technology

The commercialization of the DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) technique in the 1960s led to a rapid expansion of this method for the thermal characterization of materials.

Multi -Parameter Analyzer for pH, Brix and Acidity, Tore Fossum, Mettler-Toledo, Inc.

This application note describes an automated method for the measurement of pH, Brix and acidity, incorporating a METTLER TOLEDO T90 Titrator, DM45 Density Meter, Rondo60 autosampler and LabX® titration software.

Incubator Sterility Test

Incubator contamination is a potential for all incubators. Laboratories have thousands of airborne contaminants that may enter a culture incubator during a door opening and enter the growth environment. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filt

The Most Comprehensive Laboratory Information Management Solution with LIMS 24/7

Learn more about this system in this application note from RURO.

How it Works

How it Works: Rapid Microbial Screening Systems

The traditional method of testing for microbial contamination has changed very little in the past 100 years. A sample of product is added to a growth medium in a plate or sample container.

How it Works: Integrated Sample Management Across Several Labs

It is essential for medicinal chemists to have access to analytical instrumentation for reaction monitoring and product analysis. However, due to the associated high capital cost and maintenance overheads, it is not possible to install and support instrumentation in every lab across a research site.

How it Works: Eliminating the Edge Effect

When culturing cells for use in, for example, drug screening assays, maintaining consistently high throughput is essential.

Purchasing Guides

Lab Manager's Independent Guide to Purchasing a Titrator

Titration, a common laboratory method of quantitative chemical analysis used to determine the unknown concentration of a known reactant.