Purchasing New Lab Equipment? 7 Things to Consider

(DGIwire) — Purchasing instruments for modern research laboratories is a complex endeavor, involving numerous people and business factors. Some equipment is relatively simple and can be delivered and supported easily; other items might include multimillion-dollar testing tools requiring specialized shipping, installation and housing. According to an article in ADVANCE Laboratory magazine, there are seven considerations […]

China: A Rising Star in the Life Sciences

(DGIwire) – Having become a leader in global trade, China isn’t resting on its laurels. As recently reported in the journal Science, the populous nation is now focusing its efforts on the sciences. According to the Science article, Chinese universities, along with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have created award schemes aimed at attracting scientists […]

Neuroscience Research: How Has It Evolved?

(DGIwire) – The tools used by neuroscientists for experimental research are constantly evolving. Consider, for example, the famous piece of lab equipment known as the operant conditioning box. It has long been used as a way to measure the response of lab animals to various types of stimuli. Over the past few decades, innovation has […]

How Are High-Tech Tools Shaping the Future of Healthcare?

(DGIwire) — When you hear of a combination of robots and teddy bears, it might call to mind visions of the 1998 cult classic Small Soldiers, in which mechanized toys come to life and terrorize a family. But Dr. Peter Weinstock, who directs the Simulator Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Cynthia Breazeal, who directs […]

Research Rocks: George Washington University’ Labs Are On Trend in Academia

(DGIwire) — When George Washington University unveiled a new $275 million research building in March 2015, an event reported in The Washington Post, the message was clear. First, GWU aims to be on the cutting edge of fields as far-ranging as biotechnology and civil engineering. Second, it aims to recruit and retain faculty and students […]

Intelligently Preparing High School Students for a Career in Science

(DGIwire) — Today more than ever, a college education is necessary to land a decent-paying job. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of institutions of higher learning is at an all-time high: more than 3,000 four-year colleges in the United States alone. This figure doesn’t even encompass the myriad of community […]

Celebrating Some of the Greatest Life Scientists of All Time

(DGIwire) – Life science helps us better understand the living world around us. Researchers spend countless hours in the laboratory or bent over desks furiously scribbling what would, to the layman, look like chicken scratch but might be, in reality, the pen marks of genius. Some of them achieve greatness. Here are five of the […]

Check Out the Four Most Extraordinary Science Labs in the World

(DGIwire) — When most of us hear the phrase “science lab,” what comes to mind are images of Bunsen burners and half-dissected frogs in a classroom. These days, however, high-school laboratories have far more advanced technology than your fifth-period chemistry teacher had to drill into you. And on the professional lab front—well, it seems the sky’s […]

Labs: Choose the Right Supplier

(DGIwire) — When looking for quality lab equipment for a medical research laboratory, it’s imperative to have a list of reliable equipment suppliers. In fact, choosing the right supplier is just as important as finding the right equipment. To stay on the cutting edge of science, lab managers need to stay on the front lines […]

Outfitting the Life Sciences with the Tools of the Trade

(DGIwire) — The word “hospitality” literally means “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers.” We tend to think of hospitality in terms of staying at a hotel or eating in a restaurant. Many times, though, we forget about the actual root of the word—hospital. Usually, if we find ourselves in […]

An ‘Electrifying’ Advance for Lab Instrumentation

(DGIwire) – In its broadest sense, electrophysiology is the study of the electrical properties of biological cells and tissues. It involves measurements of voltage change or electric current on a wide variety of scales, from single ion channel proteins to whole organs such as the heart. In neuroscience, it includes measurements of the electrical activity […]

Charting New Territory in Laboratory Automation

(DGIwire) — It’s been about 15 years since the first total laboratory automation solutions were introduced into clinical laboratories in the United States. The trend actually started in the mid-1990s, when several commercial laboratory companies and a handful of hospital laboratories took the plunge and installed total laboratory automation systems in their core high-volume labs. […]

Everything the Handsome, Well-Equipped Lab Needs to Stay Red-Hot

(DGIwire)   It’s a competitive world—everything needs an edge these days, including the research lab. If a medical practice or laboratory is looking for quality lab equipment, it is crucial to find the most reliable medical equipment supplier. When it’s time to buy new equipment, the ideal option is to purchase from a well-known company; the […]

Lab Automation: Charting New Territory

(DGIwire) — Medical laboratory test results provide physicians with vital information needed for accurate diagnosis, treatment and monitoring patients. According to R&D, a leading trade magazine that follows news and trends in the medical research industry, an estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of all decisions regarding a patient’s diagnosis and treatment, hospital admission and […]

In Discovering New Treatments for Disease, Doctors Depend on the Best Equipment

(DGIwire) – Success in treating disease largely depends on the availability and quality of medical tests and tools. At Australia’s Monash University, researchers have patented a quick, inexpensive test to detect early-stage malaria. Malaria is tough to diagnose because only small numbers of immature parasites are present in the bloodstream. Once they mature, the parasites hide […]

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