1. Avoiding Cross-Contamination in Antibiotic Manufacturing

    Avoiding Cross-Contamination in Antibiotic Manufacturing
    There are two major categories of antibiotics: penicillin beta-lactam and non-penicillin beta-lactam products. Research authorities have identified five primary groups under the beta-lactam category of antibiotics, including penicillins, cephalosporins, penems, carbacephems, and monobactams. Avoiding cross-contamination between penicillin and non-penicillin products remains a top concern for drug manufacturers despite the modern day success of antibiotics. Penicillin is an umbrella term for...
  2. 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...
  3. Amphotericin B for Viral Disease Research

    Amphotericin B for Viral Disease Research
    Amphotericin B for Viral Disease Research Amphotericin B is an antibiotic that has been used for over fifty years as an aggressive and effective antifungal treatment.  It battles serious fungal infections like cryptococcal meningitis with ease.  Often called by its brand name, Fungizone, this antibiotic is effective in saving lives and has been relied upon for decades because pathogens have...

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