The Science of Aging & How A.I. Can Help us Live Longer

Dec 5, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Science, Healthcare, History

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With new artificial intelligence (AI) technology primed to revolutionize medicine, including diagnostics and drug discovery, it was only a matter of time until scientists decided to use AI to solve the question no one has yet been able to answer: why do we age at all?


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Highlights from the SLAS Americas Sample Management Symposium 2019

Nov 28, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Science, Automation

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The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) recently held their second Sample Management Symposium in Boston, MA. I was there on behalf of GA International to cover some of the new trends in sample management being implemented in biotech and pharmaceutical companies across North America.


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The Science of Cryogenics

Nov 21, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Science, Cryogenic

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Labs have been using cryogenics for years to store human and animal tissue samples, cell lines, and extracts. Freezing ultimately helps preserve these samples, but for large organisms, freezing can be lethal. Here, we’ll review the current state of knowledge about what happens when we freeze cells, the strategies scientists use to help tissues and organs survive the freezing process, and how nature has adapted to cope with freeze/thaw cycles.  


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Tips for Making Your Lab More Organized

Nov 14, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Automation, Laboratory

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Working in the lab can be both creatively inspiring, allowing you the ultimate freedom to plan, execute, and test your own experimental theories, and extraordinarily restrictive.  Lab space is always an issue, especially for small labs that use large equipment, such as HPLC machines and mass spectrometers.


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7 Myths about Thermal-Transfer Printing

Nov 7, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Printer

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While thermal printing has been around for decades, there are still many myths surrounding thermal labels. With so much riding on the proper identification of your samples, it’s important to get the facts straight when choosing your labels. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common misconceptions about thermal-transfer printing and addressed why these statements are inherently false.    


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Top 10 Lab Horror Stories for Halloween

Oct 31, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Laboratory

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Our previous Top 10 Lab Fails Contest was such a hit that we decided to bring it back, just in time for Halloween. This time around, we collected 10 of the SCARIEST lab horror stories around, from ghosts hidden in western blots to actual, real-life body parts! Without any further ado, here are your top 10 lab horror stories:


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How to Improve Communication with Your Colleagues in the Lab

Oct 24, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Science, Laboratory

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When working in a lab, you should be as clear as possible with the person you’re communicating with, whether it’s the undergraduate student you’re mentoring or the editors of the journal you wish to publish in. Unfortunately, performing experiments alone on a day-to-day basis isn’t the greatest way to improve your communication skills. Here are several ways we, as scientists, can refine them:


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Expo Cannabis 2019: What's New in the Cannabis Healthcare Landscape

Oct 17, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Healthcare, Cannabis

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With cannabis now legalized in Canada, research into the beneficial effects of cannabinoids and terpenes is growing across the country. I was recently at Expo Cannabis 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, and in only its second year of existence, the organizers were able to assemble clinicians and industry opinion leaders from all over the country to discuss the benefits and challenges of using cannabis in healthcare.   


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Having Problems Reading Your Barcodes? Here’s How to Fix It

Oct 10, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Barcodes

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Barcodes are integral to your daily workflow, whether you’re a business, laboratory, or healthcare institution. For many businesses, they help track and trace inventory; for labs, they’re also necessary to identify samples and patient specimens. But what happens when the barcode fails to scan? Here are some reasons (and solutions) that might help you navigate through this unwanted situation.


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Don’t Ignore Lab Security: Protecting Your Samples and Data

Oct 3, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Technology, Laboratory

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Lab security is critical no matter what kind of lab you work in. Medical labs need to keep patient identities confidential, while pharmaceutical labs and clinical trials face potential risks of theft or tampering. Even academic labs work with sensitive samples that need to be properly secured. Here, we’ll review some of the ways you can safeguard your samples and data from being meddled with by outside parties.


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