1. Fighting Biofilm Formation

    Fighting Biofilm Formation
    Biofilm consists of bacterial colonies that excrete a sticky organic texture. The colonies form when a thin layer of microorganisms and proteins adhere to a surface. They may appear as a slimy film on poorly maintained poolsides, river rocks, dishes, and countertops or, in smaller forms, may be invisible to the eye. Biofilm Formation Specifically, biofilms form when groups of...
  2. SPRI Magnetic Beads for DNA Purification

    SPRI Magnetic Beads for DNA Purification
    Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization (SPRI) is a technique applied in high-performance isolation, purification, and cleanup procedures. The process uses SPRI magnetic beads by selectively binding nucleic acids (involving RNA and DNA) found in all organisms. Researchers discovered SPRI in 1995 at the Whitehouse Institute for the isolation of PCR products. Specifically, the experiment focused on purifying PCR amplified colonies in...
  3. AG Scientific, Inc. Announces Agreement of Acquisition by RPI

    AG Scientific, Inc. Announces Agreement of Acquisition by RPI
    AG Scientific, Inc. Announces Agreement of Acquisition by RPI San Diego, CA - March 1, 2021 - For Immediate Release Dear Valued Partner, We are thrilled to announce RPI’s recent acquisition of AG Scientific, Inc. For over a quarter century, Chip Lindgren and the team at AG Scientific have been dedicated to providing an unrivaled customer-centric experience within the life...
  4. Digitonin as a Biological Detergent

    Digitonin as a Biological Detergent
    Digitonin (C56H92O29) is a steroidal, monodesmosidic saponin (a toxic chemical with a plant-based origin) derived from the foxglove plant species, Lady’s Glove; Digitalis pupurea. The compound appears as a white or off-white powder under room temperature, and scientists often apply it as a biological detergent due to its capacity to water-solubilize lipids.  The compound naturally occurs as a non-ionic surfactant...
  5. Applications of Boric Acid

    Applications of Boric Acid
    Boric acid (H3BO3), also known as hydrogen borate or boracic acid, is a weak monobasic Lewis acid of boron. Researchers may increase the acidity of boric acid through complexation reactions with polyols like sorbitol or lactitol. The compound has multiple purposes, such as applications for molecular biology in buffer preparations. German chemist Wilhelm Homberg discovered man-made boric acid crystals in...
  6. Fidaxomicin for Life Science Research

    Fidaxomicin for Life Science Research
    Fidaxomicin (C52H74Cl2O18) is a member of the class of narrow spectrum macrocyclic antibiotics known as tiacumicins. The drug derives from the fermentation of tiacumicin metabolites from a soil isolate of the actinomycete Dactylosporangium aurantiacum, a Gram-positive bacterium. Scientists discovered fidaxomicin (known as lipiarmycin) in 1975, isolating the compound in pure form from Actinoplanes deccanensis. Researchers noted the antibiotic’s effectiveness in...
  7. Protease Inhibitors for COVID-19 Rapid Testing

    Protease Inhibitors for COVID-19 Rapid Testing
    The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was discovered in China in December 2019. Since then, more than two million people have died from COVID, including over 400,000 in the U.S. alone. COVID-19 rapid testing has become crucial because even in the absence of symptoms, people need to know if they're at risk of spreading the virus. People who test positive via a COVID-19 rapid test...
  8. Mitomycin C Applications in Life Sciences

    Mitomycin C Applications in Life Sciences
    Mitomycin C (C15H18N4O5) is a chemical product derived from Streptomyces caespitosus, an actinobacteria species. It appears as a blue-violet crystal or powder at room temperature. The product is soluble in water and rapidly degrades in acidic preparations. Healthcare researchers and scientists have studied and applied mitomycin C in cancer treatment for its antitumor properties. Mitomycin has become a popular chemotherapeutic...
  9. Importance of Enzyme Immobilization

    Importance of Enzyme Immobilization
    Although enzyme immobilization began over 100 years ago, it remains one of the most essential industrial technologies today. This is because immobilized enzymes are highly versatile and have a wide variety of potential applications. Also, the enzyme immobilization process has been slowly perfected over the years, making it much simpler, quicker, and efficient than ever before. This has served as...
  10. Top 10 Antibiotic Resistant Infections

    Top 10 Antibiotic Resistant Infections
    Antibiotic resistant infections arise when bacteria and other microbes develop immunity against the drugs administered against them. Infections involving antibiotic-resistant strains grow stronger over time and become increasingly difficult to treat. According to CDC reports, over 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the US every year and have lead to a large number of fatalities. Bacteria naturally develop immunities over...

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