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Primer

Unwanted Fungi: Detecting Microbial Cell Culture Contamination

Coming into the lab and spotting an obvious fungal growth, or the tell-tale signs of cloudy media, can be a stressful experience for researchers. When carrying out cell culture in the lab, contamination from microbial agents such as bacteria and fungus can occur and have disastrous effects on ongoin... More


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Source and Elimination of Common Mass Spectrometry Contaminants

Sensitivity is a key attribute of mass spectrometers to allow quantification of minute amounts of analytes. Yet this sensitivity can be a conundrum. Myriad sources can contribute contaminants that can impact background and confound interpretation of results. An increased background signal can make i... More


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Assessing qRT-PCR COVID-19 Testing Results: What Can Go Wrong?

COVID-19 is commonly diagnosed by quantitative fluorescence real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) (1, 2). The test is the sequential action of two enzymes--an RNA-dependent DNA polymerase, also known as a reverse transcriptase, to copy the SARS-CoV-2 RNA into complement... More


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Pathogen Detection Assays: Advantages, Disadvantages and Alternatives

Viral infections are difficult to diagnose based on the patient’s clinical presentation alone. A reliable and accurate diagnosis requires laboratory-based testing for the pathogen of interest. Such laboratory testing involves either the direct detection of viral antigens, or detection of virus-speci... More


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Benefits of Using an Electronic Laboratory Notebook

Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) were developed to keep track of experiments and data so that scientists could review their work in a single place and easily reproduce experiments. Many ELNs started out as electronic versions of paper lab notebooks. Now, the most advanced ELNs offer an extensi... More


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Qualitative, Semi-quantitative, and Quantitative Immunodiagnostics for COVID-19

While qualitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR) are used to diagnose COVID-19, serologic tests for antibodies specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus are used to detect past infection. Most serologic assays are qualitative and semi-quantitative but quantitative serologic assays ... More


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Saliva, Nasal Swabs, or Blood: Best Samples for Pathogen Detection

Most immunodiagnostic protocols and commercially available kits require serum, plasma, or blood samples. Collecting such samples requires the skills of a phlebotomist. For pathogen detection, particularly in largescale field studies, the collection of noninvasive samples such asnasal swabs, tears, o... More


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Separating Blood into Cellular and Non-Cellular Components

A key diagnostic step in disease detection is analyzing blood components. Accurate separation of blood cells from plasma, which holds proteins and other constituents, is crucial in many assays.First introduced in the late 1980s, lateral flow devices, also referred to as lateral flow immunoassays, ar... More


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Challenges of Organoid Culture

Complex patient models, including organoids and organ-on-a-chip devices, have been developing tremendously fast over the last decade.1 Organoids are 3D multicellular in vitro tissue constructs that functionally and genetically mimic portions of in vivo organs. Properly supplemented media allow the c... More


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Ensuring Immunodiagnostic Efficacy with Pathogen Evolution

Viruses mutate frequently evolving into new variants and strains over time. Antigenic drift is the process of random genetic mutations of an infectious agent resulting in minor changes in proteins called antigens. These copying errors occur when the virus replicates. Over time, these mutations can r... More


Protocol

A Protocol for Qualifying DNA Variants Associated with Complex Diseases like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

A protocol for DNA variant qualification adds medical perspective to consensus grading based on impact of the DNA change on its encoded RNA/protein and its prevalence in normal people versus those with the implicated disease. This clinically familiar 1-4+ qualification can encourage physician accept... More


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Investigating the increased lifespan in C. elegans daf-2 mutants by 4D-Lipidomics™

The small nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is one of the premier biomedical model organisms and employed in many aspects of basic and applied science.... More


Protocol

4D-Lipidomics™ workflow for increased throughput

Lipid profiling from complex lipid extracts can be a challenging and time consuming task. The high complexity of samples and co-elution of isobaric or isomeric compounds complicate the confident annotation of lipids. The presented 4D-Lipidomics workflow simplifies and streamlines the annotation and ... More


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Rapid metabolic phenotyping in SARS-CoV-2 patients using the impact II QTOF MS system

The impact II QTOF system meets the critical elements of sensitivity, selectivity, accuracy, and precision for targeted metabolite analysis. The continuous collection of both MS and MS/MS data provides an exponentially deeper and broader pool of data valuable for subsequent retrospective discovery o... More


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Removal of rare undifferentiated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) by multi-step negative sorting

In the field of regenerative medicine involving ES or iPS cells, differentiated cells are often cultured to tissues and implanted to patients. However, there is an unneglectable problem that some remaining undifferentiated cells in the implanted tissue may cause tumors. Therefore, a complete removal... More


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Sorting of water-in-oil emulsions with bacteria using a fluorescent nucleic acid probe

To isolate water-in-oil emulsion droplets containing bacteria from those that do not contain bacteriawe have developed a simple and reliable selective sorting method that allows bacteria-containing droplets to be isolated on our microfluidic chip cell sorter, On-chip Sort. Bacteria-containing drople... More


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Cell culture CO2 incubator decontamination process using hydrogen peroxide vapor for highly regulated and general cell culture protocols

The value of the laboratory cell culture incubator used in highly regulated research and clinical protocols is directly related to the proportion of incubator uptime vs. downtime in applications where frequent interior chamber decontamination is required or desired. The need for interior decontamina... More


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Isolation of Mononuclear Cell Fractions Using Your Sepax™ System

The purpose of this protocol is to provide instructions on how to isolate mononuclear cell fractions of apheresis product, bone marrow, or umbilical cord blood using the Sepax™ system with initial volumes of 30 to 120 mL and selectable final volumes of 8-20 mL or 45 mL. This protocol applies to anyo... More


Protocol

How to run cryopreservation protocols using a VIA Freeze™ system

The purpose of this protocol is to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of how to set up and operate the Cytiva VIA Freeze™ Uno, VIA Freeze™ Duo, and VIA Freeze™ Quad units.This protocol applies to anyone performing a procedure with the VIA Freeze™ units. Once training on this document is c... More


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Streamlined High Throughput Drug Screening with PrimeSurface® White 384 well 3D plates

Using PrimeSurface® white plate, cancer spheroid cells can be formed and tested for drug screening using luminescence viability assay in the same well without the need for reagent transfer. This streamlined process shortens the experimental steps and time required in drug testing thus providing a ro... More


Application

Strategies for the Development of a High Throughput Octet® Bio-Layer Interferometry Method to Measure Pharmacokinetics of Monoclonal Antibodies in Preclinical Animal Models

Therapeutic antibodies are developed to treat various diseases, including cancers, immunological disorders, and infectious diseases. The safety and efficacy of these therapeutic molecules may be influenced by the way they interact with the body. Therefore, it is vital to understand how a body reacts... More


Primer

Separating Blood into Cellular and Non-Cellular Components

A key diagnostic step in disease detection is analyzing blood components. Accurate separation of blood cells from plasma, which holds proteins and other constituents, is crucial in many assays.First introduced in the late 1980s, lateral flow devices, also referred to as lateral flow immunoassays, ar... More


Primer

Challenges of Organoid Culture

Complex patient models, including organoids and organ-on-a-chip devices, have been developing tremendously fast over the last decade.1 Organoids are 3D multicellular in vitro tissue constructs that functionally and genetically mimic portions of in vivo organs. Properly supplemented media allow the c... More


Primer

Ensuring Immunodiagnostic Efficacy with Pathogen Evolution

Viruses mutate frequently evolving into new variants and strains over time. Antigenic drift is the process of random genetic mutations of an infectious agent resulting in minor changes in proteins called antigens. These copying errors occur when the virus replicates. Over time, these mutations can r... More


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Dried Blood Spot Testing: Advantages and Disadvantages

In vitro diagnostics, marketed directly to consumers without the involvement of a health care provider are called direct-to-consumer tests, or DTC, which are facilitated through easy-to-collect sample matrices such as dried blood spots (DBS), saliva, or swabs that allow the safe and stable transport... More


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Immunodiagnostics in the Post-Covid Era

The benefits of globalization have ushered in the reality of fast-spreading infectious diseases. This has made the quick development of preventive vaccines and immune therapies imperative. Spread of pathogens through rapid and constant travel is compounded by the multipronged challenges ranging from... More


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Planning Your Next Chemogenetic Experiment

Chemogenetic experiments have been used to study a wide variety of behaviors, such as triggers for substance abuse,eating disorders, obesity, obesity-associated metabolic abnormalities, long term memory, hypertension, locomotor ability, as well as pain, startle, and fear responses. For instance,Hori... More


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Tips for Increasing Transfection Efficiency

Chemical transfection, which relies on the formation of a condensed complex of positively chargedliposomal or non-liposomal reagents and negatively charged nucleic acids,is the most common method for delivering foreign genetic material into cultured cells. Complexes are attracted to the negatively c... More


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Methods to Improve Efficiency of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing: Microfluidic Impedance Cytometry

The global issue of antimicrobial resistance has been called a “slow motion catastrophe” resulting from the excessive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics to fight bacterial infections.1 A long-standing unmet need is the availability of a quick and easy clinical test to support a more evidence... More


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Bio-Electrospraying and Cell Electrospinning: A Sea of Applications

Electrospraying and electrospinning have been used for a wide range of applications ranging from coatings, propulsion, and pesticide sprays to scaffolding a wide range of advanced materials for applications in filtration and tissue engineering. Although electrospun scaffolds have been explored as ti... More


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AI-Powered Phenotypic Profiling Revolutionizes Drug Discovery

Today, nine out of ten drugs fail in clinical trials. Furthermore, it takes over a decade and an average cost of $2 billion to develop and approve each medicine.1 An important underlying reason is the gap that exists between cell-based in vitro research and clinical research—often referred to as the... More


Mixer

Organoids for Airway and Alveolar Disease Modeling

In this Mixer, we discussed the development of respiratory airway and alveolar organoids derived from human iPSCs and how these are used in modeling respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis. Airway organoid models can be used for testing the therapeutic efficacy of candidate drugs for respirator... More


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Soft Skills Needed in the Biotech Workforce

Being a professional in a successful life science company--be it a CRO, a CDMO, a startup, a mid- to medium-sized biotech firm, or an established company with a track record of popular products--requires much more than academic credentials, research expertise and technical knowhow. Soft skills are t... More


Video

GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Tools and Techniques to Develop Therapies for Neurological Disorders

The human brain is an exquisitely complex organ, consisting of nearly one hundred billion neurons, an equivalent number of non-neuronal cells and trillions of synapses. Understanding the factors that play a role in the development of the structure and function of the brain is an essential step to de... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Patient-Derived Pancreatic Cancer Organoids Predict Response to Therapy

Pancreatic cancer accounts for three percent of all cancers in the United States and is responsible for seven percent of all cancer deaths. Miniature organoids cloned from pancreatic tumors in patients are being grown in laboratories to conduct assays that can predict the effectiveness of chemother... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Critical ALS Biomarkers of Neuroinflammation & Oxidative Stress

Biomarkers are essential tools for the development of therapeutics, clinical trial design and patient stratification. Biomarkers also help evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic intervention on disease progression or relapse. Yet, biomarker driven patient stratification, a hallmark in oncology trials,... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Nanoparticles in Precision Medicine Diagnostics and Delivery

Particles in the size-range of one to 100 nanometres called nanoparticles exhibit significantly different physical and chemical properties owing to their large surface area to volume ratio. Nanoparticles are finding new applications in medicine. They can combine diagnosis and delivery into one devic... More


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GEN Protocols Expert Exchanges: Single-Cell RNA Sequencing--Challenges and Solutions

Biological resolution at the level of individual cells is the only route to understanding biological organisms that are a heterogenous composite of different cell types. Single-cell technology is powering the next phase of basic research in biology, translational enquiries, and strategies for person... More