The Dos and Don'ts of Labeling Specimens For Pathology Labs

Jan 16, 2020 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Barcodes, Healthcare, Histology

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Appropriately identifying patient specimens is of critical importance to pathology labs. The College of Pathologists previously evaluated the average cost of labeling errors at approximately $280,000 per million specimens, adding up to over $1 million dollars a year for some of the larger institutes.1 Specimen labeling errors also result in the failure to provide proper and immediate care for patients, which can severely harm the patient, resulting in unnecessary morbidity and mortality.2 


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11 Quick Tips for Maintaining Mammalian Cell Lines in the Lab

Jan 9, 2020 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Laboratory

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Employing mammalian cell lines is crucial in life science research, especially with new, more relevant models of disease engineered with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Here, we’ve come up with some basic tips to help culture cell lines, regardless of their source.  


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Recapping a Fantastic 2019 at GA International

Dec 19, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels

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We’ve reached the end of 2019, which is the perfect time to look back at everything that happened throughout the year at GA International. From new products to a brand-new website, GA has seen significant growth since 2018, including the establishment of new facilities, newly hired personnel, and winning several awards along the way.

 

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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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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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A Scientist Started a Company with a Toy—Here’s Where He is Now

Sep 4, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels

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As any entrepreneur will tell you, developing a company from scratch isn’t easy. Here’s the story of how George Ambartsoumian, founder and CEO of GA International, grew his company from a one-person enterprise to one of the worldwide leaders in laboratory identification solutions.


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3 Ways Sterilization Labels Help Keep Your Dental Practice Compliant

Aug 29, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Sterilization

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Infection Control and Prevention (IPAC) Canada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stringent guidelines on the sterilization and logging of equipment used in dental offices. Among the requirements, any material that’s registered as a “critical” or “semi-critical” item, which includes surgical instruments, mouth mirrors, amalgam condensers, reusable impression trays, and anything else that contacts mucous membranes or non-intact skin, needs to be sterilized.1,2


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How to Properly Label PCR Tubes & qPCR Plates

Aug 22, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, PCR, Laboratory

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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is one of the most widely used techniques among biomedical researchers, forensic scientists, and medical laboratory professionals. It’s employed for genotyping, sequencing, cloning, and gene expression analysis to name only a handful of its applications. Labeling PCR tubes and strips is no easy feat, however; they are relatively small, providing little space for information, while skirted quantitative PCR (qPCR) plates can only be labeled on their side.   


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7 Techniques That Drive Scientists Crazy Regarding Sample Labeling

Jun 13, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, Laboratory

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Everyone, at some point in their scientific career, has come across a technique that is made far more difficult than necessary because of how difficult it is to label their samples. However, whether your labels keep falling off, or the ink is continually smudging or fading, there’s usually an efficient solution to the problem. Below, we’ve listed several of the top experimental techniques that drive scientists crazy when it comes time to label tubes and slides.

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Labeling Cryo Straws for IVF Clinics

May 16, 2019 / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Labels, IVF

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In vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics specialize in obtaining, storing, and culturing sperm and eggs from donors to generate live embryos. Because they handle large quantities of human-derived primary cells, these labs must be tightly regulated. The guidelines state that every device, including those used to cryogenically store sperm and eggs, must be clearly and permanently labeled with patient identification codes and the date the samples were taken. Many labs will also require that their devices have low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


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