Articles by Lucy Cook

Articles by Lucy Cook

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What is the difference between Western Blot and ELISA?

What is Western Blot? The western blot (sometimes called the protein immunoblot) is a widely accepted analytical technique used to detect specific proteins in a given sample of tissue homogenate or extract. It uses gel electrophoresis to separate native proteins by 3-D structure or denatured proteins by the length of the polypeptide. The proteins are then transferred to a membrane (typic...

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Over the elbow industrial gloves from Showa

Showa are a japanese manufacturer that have designed and produced a long sleeve oil resistant glove that has been dipped in PVC. PVC offers the greatest resistance to oils and chemicals (hydrochloric acid, caustic soda and kerosene in particular), does not cause allergies. It provides maximum resistance to abrasion (level 4), which is reinforced by a rough finish on the hand that allows ...

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Reservoir 8000 - ideal for low volume pipetting applications

Reagent reservoirs are an essential accessory for a multitude of liquid handling procedures. The Reservoir 8000 is a unique design which enables the user, when pipetting, to provide a new level of accuracy and cost efficiency that will benefit the following applications and more: ELISA assays Cell culture media addition PCR reagent handling, sequencing reactions Kinetic ass...

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Large Storage Containers - FDA Approved

Are you looking for a storage vessel that is shatterproof, impact resistant and easy to clean? Camlab have a range of polyethylene storage bins ranging from 64L up to 926 litres in capacity. All bins are manufactured from MDPE (medium density polyethylene) which means they have good shock and drop resistance properties. They are also less notch sensitive than HDPE with better resistance t...

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Can I use EDTA Blood Collection Vacutainers in a -80 Freezer?

A vacutainer blood collection tube is a sterile glass or plastic tube with a closure that is evacuated to create a vacuum inside the tube facilitating the draw of a predetermined volume of liquid. Most commonly used to draw a blood sample directly from the vein, these also are used to collect urine samples. Vacutainer tubes may contain additives designed to stabilize and preserve the specime...

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The Importance of Inventory Sytems within a Liquid Nitrogen Freezer

Liquid Nitrogen freezers used for maintaining cells in the gas phase of the nitrogen, must be designed to ensure that heat input from the access opening does not compromise the temperature at the top of the gradient. In addition to the required insulating properties of the units, narrow access openings minimize warming during storage and retrieval activities. The depth of liquid nitro...

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Nalgene Desiccator Cabinets - a larger way to preserve moisture sensitive items

A Desiccator is a sealable enclosure containing desiccants used for preserving moisture sensitive items. They are used to protect chemicals which are hygroscopic or react with water from humidity. The most common desiccators in the laboratory are round and made of heavy glass which usually has a removable platform on which smaller items such as watch glasses or crucibles can be placed and st...

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Fast sample-to-membrane hybridisation for instant screening with Dot and Slot Blotters

Dot and Slot blotters are microfiltration manifolds that provide an easy and reproducible means to hybridise proteins and nucleic acids in solution onto membranes. They are available in alphanumeric 24, 48 and 96 sample throughputs maufactured from high-density acrylic and have precision mapped-lapped mating surfaces ensuring uniform filter/membrane contact.     The design is si...

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The 3 Tier Rack now fully autoclavable and in 4 new colours.

An improved design and 4 new colours offers all the advantages required by the modern laboratory for tube support. So what rack are we talking about? The new fully autoclavable version of the orginal 3 tier rack now manufactured completely in virgin polypropylene.   The rack clips together in 3 sections with improved fittings that hold securely in place. Its easy to assemble and dissasemb...

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Camlab recommend the Socorex Acura 826XS Micropipette

Do you work in the field of research and are finding that your current pipette is not accurate or precise enough for your pipetting applicaton? Or you may be looking for a lightweight, soft pipette to reduce hand fatigue? Camlab recommend the Acura 826XS extra sharp micropipette from Socorex. So what makes this pipette different? Narrow Conical Shaft End Small diameter provides for eas...

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Do you need a glove with the ultimate protection against corrosive chemicals?

When handling dangerous chemicals maximum protection is crucial. How do I know if my gloves will protect my skin when handling particular chemicals, such as MEK?   EN374-2 is the european standard which conforms to the determination of resistance to permeation by chemicals. This is assessed by measuring the time for a chemical to breakthrough the glove material. Each type of glove has been...
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Facts you need to know when handling liquid nitrogen

Before handling liquid nitrogen its important you understand the basic properties so you can take the necessary precautions to avoid a disaster!  PROPERTIES: 1) It is extremely cold: 77.3K = -196C = -320F at atmospheric pressure. This can cause severe frost bite. 2) On vaporization it expands by a factor of 700; one liter of liquid nitrogen becomes 24.6 cubic feet of nitrogen gas. ...
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