The Immunogold Rush
Aileen Constans | Feb 1, 2004 | 2 min read
Figure 1Immunogold labeling is the method of choice for staining cell and tissue sections for electron microscopy, but the manual procedure involves a series of short wash-and-wait steps that can add up to an entire day of tedious bench work. Bannock-burn, Ill.-based Leica Microsystems' new immunogold labeling system solves this problem by automating most of the process.The EM IGL, which lists for $16,000 (US), reduces the amount of time and labor needed for staining by 70% to 80%, says Ann Kors
Mice Without Borders
Margaret Crane | Feb 1, 2004 | 2 min read
Figure 1Disease in laboratory animals interferes with biomedical research.1 Infectious agents often distort experimental results to such a degree that labs must increase the number of animals under investigation to compensate for statistical variability. Moreover, some rodent pathogens are hazardous to other lab animals and to the humans who study them.This past October, in an effort not only to control infection in lab animals, but also to harmonize international standards for monitoring their
Applied Bio and Orchid Target Forensics Labs
Aileen Constans | Feb 1, 2004 | 4 min read
Determining the identity of a person through a DNA sample is rarely straightforward, especially if the sample comes from a decomposed, burned, or otherwise degraded source. A body that has been submerged under water for months, for example, may contain DNA fragments that are too small to be analyzed by conventional means. Two companies, Foster City, Calif.-based Applied Biosystems, and Princeton, NJ-based Orchid Biosciences, have worked out
Spinning Straw into Gold
Megan Stephan | Jan 18, 2004 | 3 min read
Researchers use spin-labeling techniques to bring protein structures to life
Low-Ox Glove Box
Aileen Constans | Jan 18, 2004 | 2 min read
1000 Workstation keeps the air out