Posts Tagged ‘tools’

Saving lives one iPhone at a time

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-25-2011

My iPhone is very precious to me. Until I had an iPhone, I wasn’t aware of how much I was missing. Now that I am an iPhone owner, I don’t know how I ever lived without one.

There are tons of awesome apps out there. For molecular biologists there is the NCBI Blast app, the MIQE app and the qPCR app (among others). There are also a number of cool health apps such as the urine blood glucose monitor or STD detector app.

Now another cool app has been added to your iPhone’s medical repitoire. The Melenoma Risk Assessment Tool by Health Discovery Corporation, is designed to help users learn about melanoma and identify areas on their skin which may need attention from a physician specializing in the diagnosis of melanoma.

Using the iPhone camera feature, users can take a picture of their skin lesions and moles and within seconds receive a risk analysis of their uploaded picture being a melanoma. Utilizing your iPhone GPS, MelApp can refer you to a nearby physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma for proper medical follow up, without the need to input a zip code or any personal information. These pictures also can be stored on MelApp and reviewed for changes in the skin lesions occurring over time.

For more information see the company’s official press release.

The Real-Time PCR iPhone App

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-25-2011

An easy-to-use qPCR resource, Bio-Rad’s Real-Time PCR iPhone application includes the Real-Time PCR Applications Guide for researchers who want to learn more about designing, analyzing, and optimizing real-time PCR experiments. Another feature is the qPCR Doctor, an interactive troubleshooting tool for resolving problems relating to real-time PCR assays. The Real-Time PCR iPhone Application also includes a qPCR Assay Design section which provides guidance for designing a qPCR assay, information on validating and optimizing your qPCR assay, and different methods for analyzing qPCR data. This application puts three of Bio-Rad’s best real-time PCR resources at your fingertips.

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New Fluorescent Protein Gel Stain From Bio-Rad Laboratories

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-08-2010

Bio-Rad Laboratories recently announced the release of their new Oriole Fluorescent Gel Stain which facilitates rapid visualization and quantitation of proteins in SDS-PAGE in under 2 hours. The stain is fully compatible with downstream proteolysis and mass spectrometric analysis and can detect nonogram levels of proteins. It also has a dynamic range that covers 3 orders of magnitude.

Here’s what customers are saying about Oriole:
“The process was fast, about an hour from staining to imaged and quantified gel compared to several hours with our current staining process.”

“The ORIOLE stain is more sensitive and quantitative than coomassie with a much broader dynamic range of detection”

“With ORIOLE, we can use any type of gel which works well with our current procedures and equipment that we have on hand.”

For more product information see the Oriole brochure or contact your local sales rep for details.

western-blot microarrays…what a powerful idea

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-26-2010

While we’re on the topic of electrophoresis…

A new technique that combines the best of western blotting and microarrays was just published by University of Chicago scientists in today’s issue of Nature Methods. The new assay is capable of examining hundreds of proteins at once enabling new experiments that could dramatically change our understanding of cancer and other diseases.

see the University of Chicago website for full details

If you have any other cool electrophoresis protocols send them our way and we’d be happy to post them right here on the american biotechnologist.

Lab Automation with Style

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-07-2010

As seen in Genomeweb this week, Bio-Rad Laboratories launched an automated front end for its CFX96 and CFX384 real-time PCR detection systems, marking the company’s first automated real-time PCR system. The new technology, called the CFX automation system, includes a bench-top plate handler that can load up to 20 384-well plates, or 7,680 samples, at one time on the CFX384. It also includes control software that manages the configuration and operation of the CFX automation system so that researchers can assign either the same or manifold PCR protocols across each plate. The automated system is targeted at anyone who wants to increase their throughput and run their system in an automated environment.

Essentially, we are talking about having a set of machines that will pipette samples and mastermix into the PCR plate, load the plate into the PCR machine, run the protocol and EMAIL THE DATA to you once the run has completed.

Remember the days of pipetting into centrifuge tubes, setting up 3 waterbaths (one for denaturing, another for annealing and another for extending) and then manually incubating the tubes in each bath for 1 minute and cycling that 30-40 times? (OK…so I’m not that old to remember that either but my master’s degree supervisor kept talking about how he did that when he was in the lab). In any event, doing research used to mean that we’d have to be in the lab setting up our experiments and waiting for our results. How cool is it that I can now set up my reagents, primers probes and samples, walk away, go home and do my analysis from home once the data file is sent to me? This is definitely the wave of the future. Couple this with a laboratory management program such as bioKM from Biodata that could organize your data within the context of your experiment and all you’d be missing is the automatic “peer-reviewed” paper writing machine.

Very cool. What will they think of next!