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Dangers of heavy metals The danger of heavy metals is greater since they are not chemically or biologically degradable. Once released, they can remain in the environment for hundreds of years. Toxic metals are normally present in very small amounts in our body, but continuous exposure can cause accumulation and toxicity. Numerous investigations...
ISHI
The 33rd International Symposium of Human Identification (ISHI) is occurring this autumn in National Harbor near Washington DC. Aurora Biomed will be there to demonstrate innovations in lab automation. ISHI is one of the largest international conferences. Last year, in 2021 1,300 people attended representing 45 different countries....
A hand holding a COVID-19 vaccine research and another hand holding COVID-19 test.
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world adapted to a life with daily rapid antigen tests. Today, most of us are now vaccinated with at least one doses. Many questions remain. We still do not know how long does this vaccination usually last for? Are booster doses needed? If a booster is needed what is the optimal time for another...
A cartoon of a doctor looking at a computer. Kidneys and durgs are in the background. This is to represent drug testing using urine samples. This process, drug testing can be automated.
On June 26th, 2022, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the 2022 World Drug Report claiming that about 284,000,000 people worldwide aged 15–64 had used a drug within the last 12 months in 2020, increased by 26% over the previous decade. Why automate drug testing? As drug use increases, the demand for drug testing also increases.
SAEK
Every 62 seconds, an American is subjected to sexual assault (source: Rainn Statistics). Yet only few cases are solved because of the backlogs of untested sexual assault kits. Processing these kits will bring justice for victims. In order to reduce the backlog of SAEKs some states are outsourcing this work to the third party laboratories to run the tests manually. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.
A light spectrum with ions from a channel protein that produce an absorbance band. This light that has gone through elements of an ion channel can then be identified. Text on the image says Label-free technology. The background is outerspace. Feature image from the blog post Ion channel label-free technology: What is it?
In 2000, Aurora Biomed became the first company that developed a non-radioactive, label-free technology for high throughput screening of ion channel and transporter targets. Aurora’s ion channel reader (ICR) technology has been rapidly incorporated into many pharmaceutical drug discovery pipelines and academic labs....
Mobile testing for COVID-19. The bCUBE unit can test for COVID-19 or test immunity to COVID-19 in remote locations. Image of a COVID-19 virus on the left. On the right is a person holding the bCUBE system in the palm of one hand. The text reads COVID-19 mobile molecular testing.
There are a few problems with using PCR as a molecular tests. These problems include cost, wait times, and testing location. The new bCUBETM system solves these problems, while also providing a mobile solution. Thanks to PCR testing, the first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in North America was reported in January of 2020. Most of us are now...
Sea Turtle swimming near plastic water bottle. Liquid-Liquid extraction is a process to test plastic in the ocean. This process is part of GMP and manufacturing. The process can now be automated, automated LLE
Consumers purchase decisions on products are often dictated by their chemical composition as awareness around the health hazards of toxic chemicals have shown to be linked to many health hazards. One example is Bisphenol A, BPA. Today many customers look for BPA-free water bottles, toys, and food packaging. What will be the next BPA? How can you im...
Is there an antigen test for Monkeypox? Monkeypox is different from COVID19 for several reasons. Monkeypox has clear visible symptoms, it has been around for a lot longer, and we currently have a vaccine that can be used for it. Currently the only way to test for Monkeypox is by a PCR test. As of July 2022, there is no approved rapid antigen test f...
Monkeypox is in the same family as smallpox, and shares similar symptoms. Monkeypox is different from COVID19 for several reasons. Monkeypox has clear visible symptoms, it has been around for a lot longer, and we currently have a vaccine that can be used. The outbreak of Monkeypox in 2022 is very different than the outbreak of COVID-19.
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