1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Cibacron Blue Applications

    Cibacron Blue Applications
    Cibacron Blue 3GA is a textile dye or ligand frequently used as a medium for affinity chromatography experiments, specifically for the purification of enzymes. The ligand appears as a blue powder under room temperature settings. Scientists and researchers commonly choose the compound for its affordability, ease of immobilization, high resistance against biological and chemical degradation, and high protein-binding capacity of...
  5. Sources of DNA Contamination in the Laboratory

    Sources of DNA Contamination in the Laboratory
    The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, used to amplify or “copy” small segments of DNA, is highly sensitive - and that’s a good thing. PCR is a widely used and inexpensive technique used in medical diagnostics, forensic analysis of DNA, and genomic research. Unfortunately, this sensitivity leaves PCR vulnerable to nucleic acid contamination: even trace amounts of DNA can be...
  6. PMSF: Serine Protease Inhibitor Applications

    PMSF: Serine Protease Inhibitor Applications
    Understanding PMSF PMSF (phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride) is an irreversible serine protease inhibitor used in various research and lab settings. The compound has a white powdery appearance at room temperature, with a melting point between 90-95°C. It functions by inhibiting serine proteases such as trypsin, chymotrypsin, and thrombin, and cysteine proteases like papain. The process involves the deactivation of enzymes that contain...
  7. Nanopore Electrochemistry: Single-Molecule Sensors

    Nanopore Electrochemistry: Single-Molecule Sensors
    A trend in modern scientific research over the past decade is using smaller & smaller methods of studying targets, like molecules. Independent, smaller devices, and less expensive methods allow more access for researchers across the board, regardless of their space and budget. One such analytical method is the creation of artificial nanopore sensors for research using nanopore electrochemistry. Capturing reactions...
  8. The SUnSET Assay: Powerful Proteomics

    The SUnSET Assay: Powerful Proteomics
    The SUnSET Assay: Powerful Proteomics Exciting advances in the study of protein synthesis and related health conditions are on the horizon! Research scientists have developed an improved process to quantify and understand the processes of protein synthesis in singular eukaryotic cells/cell populations. It’s called the surface sensing of translation, or SUnSET assay. It is a nonradioactive fluorescence-activated assay, which means...
  9. Pathology Research Using Mitophagy Modulators

    Pathology Research Using Mitophagy Modulators
    Pathology Research Using Mitophagy Modulators When you hear “small things with big impact”, do you immediately think of mitochondria and mitophagy modulators? Probably not! But these little organelles are champions of cell regulation.  Among their functions is regulating the energy of the cell as well as cell death. And just as mitochondria are responsible for cell function, mitophagy is responsible...
  10. Guanidine Thiocyanate in RNA Lysis Buffers and COVID-19 Research

    Guanidine Thiocyanate in RNA Lysis Buffers and COVID-19 Research
    With COVID-19 ever present on our minds, viral research is being focused on now more than anything else. We at AG Scientific have remained open to meet the needs of the research community and are stocking chemical agents such as guanidine thiocyanate.  Read on to learn more about this chemical and how it can aid your lab research. What Is...

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