A customer recently asked if real-time PCR testing can be done in the field or in areas with limited resources? Yes! The Hunter® instrument is designed to be used at the point-of-need, even if the point-of-need is the back of a truck. Recently we loaded up my SUV and went out into the field to show how this could be done.
We are often asked by firms starting a new lab if they need a large expensive autoclave, so when our autoclave at InstantLabs began acting up, it created an opportunity to test a new approach. After doing our research we decided to try a simple and relatively inexpensive sterilizer to see if it could replace a more traditional autoclave. We wanted to see if this relatively inexpensive unit could be a good fit for smaller laboratories or for firms setting up new labs with limited budgets.
It may sound banal, but a major part of maintaining a microbiology lab means keeping it clean. When it comes to maintaining good laboratory practices, it’s a good idea to follow a few rules of thumb.
Today’s food safety microbiologists and quality control managers have their pick of technologies to perform bacterial testing. From culture plates to immunoassays to PCR and Real-Time PCR, there is a wide range of test types to choose from. This post will compare the two most accurate methods: traditional culture methods and Real-Time PCR. Which one is right for you?
When speaking with food safety managers trying to upgrade their testing methods, we are often asked —what is real-time PCR? How does it work? The quick answer is: PCR (or polymerase chain reaction, for those science nerds out there) is a technique for multiplying a specific strand of DNA or RNA millions of times by manipulating the cell’s natural machinery. Once multiplied or amplified, the target DNA can readily be detected though a variety of methods.