How a beneficial gut microbe adapted to breast milk

05/23/2017 07:30:13 AM

Breast milk provides vital nutrients not only to infants, but also to beneficial microbes that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. A new study shows that a bacterial species called Bifidobacterium longum has successfully adapted to the unique ...

Pharmig Guide to Cleanrooms

05/22/2017 07:00:17 AM

Pharmig has issued a new publication relating to cleanrooms. The guide covers good cleanroom design (together with suitable operational parameters), cleanroom specifications, microbial control, and classification according to the international ...

Giant viruses found in Austrian sewage

05/21/2017 08:00:19 AM

Giant viruses are characterized by disproportionately large genomes and virions that house the viruses' genetic material. They can encode several genes potentially involved in protein biosynthesis, a unique feature which has led to diverging ...

Pharmig News

05/21/2017 06:10:24 AM

The latest Pharmig News letter is now available.Members will have received a copy, non-members can purchase a copy via the Pharmig website.No. 67 – May 2017In this issue:Chairman’s NewsletterBook ReviewsThe Future Possibilities of Graphene ...

Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action

05/20/2017 07:30:09 AM

Antibiotics save lives every day, but there is a downside to their ubiquity. High doses can kill healthy cells along with infection-causing bacteria, while also spurring the creation of "superbugs" that no longer respond to known antibiotics. ...

The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see

05/19/2017 15:29:44 PM

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses to turn “Oh, yuck” into “Oh, wow.”TED are hosting a range of beautiful microbial images. ...

European Pharmacopoeia 9th Edition (Supplement 9.1)

05/19/2017 07:30:03 AM

The 1stsupplement to the 9th edition of the European Pharmacopeia became effective on 1st April 2017. Of interest to readers:Water for injections (0169)Production: revision to include purification processes equivalent to distillation (such as ...

Bacterial Identification Database Updated with Plant Pathogens

05/18/2017 07:30:00 AM

Biolog, Inc. have announced details of its latest GEN III identification database version 2.8, containing 1568 taxa, including 258 plant pathogens. This database update was completed by scientists at Biolog's headquarters in Hayward, CA in ...

Giant virus viewing required retrofitted microscope

05/17/2017 08:00:34 AM

In order to map one of the world’s largest viruses, scientists took a DIY approach to build a retrofitted cryo-electron microscope.“If the common cold virus is scaled to the size of a ladder, then the giant Samba virus is bigger than the ...

European Pharmacopoeia 9th Edition: Review of Supplement 9.2

05/16/2017 07:00:08 AM

Below is a list of monographs and general chapters that are new, or that have been revised, corrected or deleted for the 9th Edition (supplement 9.2). The implementation date is 1st July 2017.Revised texts            2.2.1    Clarity ...

Cleanroom Management in Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare (new edition)

05/15/2017 07:00:02 AM

Everything you need to know about the operation and management of cleanrooms – a new edition of the book edited by Tim Sandle and Madhu Raju Saghee is now available from Euromed Communications.In 26 Chapters and over 600 pages this book provides ...

Embracing the Cloud to Assure Data Integrity

05/14/2017 08:00:02 AM

Data integrity issues in the manufacturing of finished pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) continue to be in the spotlight. Life sciences companies are under increased scrutiny by regulatory bodies, as the MHRA, FDA, ...

Nanoparticles Detect Deadly Viruses, Including Ebola

05/13/2017 07:00:28 AM

A system composed of two different types of nanoparticles can be used to accurately, sensitively, and quickly detect viruses.The earlier a viral infection is detected, the more effective the treatment. Currently available tests are accurate ...

Risk Mitigation When Evaluating Cleanroom Construction Materials

05/12/2017 07:30:09 AM

Maik Jornitz, President, G-Con, has written an interesting white paper on cleanroom construction materials.The introduction reads:Reducing the cost of goods sold has become a focus of pharmaceutical facility, cleanroom, and process design, ...

Mapping giant viruses

05/11/2017 07:30:45 AM

In a laboratory at Michigan State University, scientists took a DIY approach to build a retrofitted cryo-electron microscope that allowed them to map a giant Samba virus -- one of the world's largest viruses."If the common cold virus is scaled ...

How bacteria hunt other bacteria

05/10/2017 08:00:11 AM

A bacterial species that hunts other bacteria has attracted interest as a potential antibiotic, but exactly how this predator tracks down its prey has not been clear. A new study reveals that the bacterial predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus ...

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: Understanding Your Process Series

05/09/2017 17:41:19 PM

New from PDA -  collected bestsellers in electronic book form covering three vital topics: Cleaning and Cleanrooms; Sterilization and Environmental Monitoring.These easily accessible, reasonably priced, informative collections offer background ...

Pharmeuropa 29.1

05/09/2017 07:00:17 AM

Pharmeuropa is a free online EDQM publication. Draft monographs are published in Pharmeuropa for public enquiry, which lasts for three months. Draft Monographs and General Texts for Comment.2.3.2    Identification of fatty oils by thin-layer ...

Pharmig Guide to Disinfectants

05/08/2017 07:00:15 AM

The Pharmig guide on disinfectants has been update and it captures the latest changes to global disinfection standards and provides updated best practice. The guide features a foreword by MHRA together with photographs and illustrations.The ...

Cleanroom Management - new book

05/07/2017 14:39:43 PM

New book - Cleanroom ManagementIn 26 chapters and over 600 pagesthis book provides a unique tool to help you achieve regulatory compliance. It first creates a foundation in history and established practice and then helps you understand how state ...

CDC Report on Incidence in Pathogens Transmitted Through Food for 2016

05/07/2017 14:13:25 PM

The CDC report describes surveillance data for 2016 nine pathogens (Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Listeria, Salmonella, STEC, Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia. The data of 2016 is compared with the data from 2013-2015. FoodNet ...

US and Indian Pharmacopeias to collaborate

05/07/2017 08:00:24 AM

The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) announced on March 17, 2017 that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) in recognition of the two pharmacopeias’ collaboration in identifying ...

EMA Taskforce on Big Data

05/06/2017 07:00:33 AM

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on March 23, 2017 that, along with heads of medicines agencies in the European Economic Area (EEA), it was establishing a taskforce to evaluate the use of big data to support pharmaceutical research, ...

Microbes evolved to colonize different parts of the human body

05/05/2017 08:00:26 AM

Microbes have evolved over millions of years to live in and on all parts of the human body. Scientists have created new ways to reconstruct how this evolution unfolded, using mathematical tools originally developed for geologists. They identified ...

Protist parasites - new species discovered

05/04/2017 08:00:01 AM

Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth. Thousands of animal and plant species live there. The smaller microbial protists, which are not visible to the naked eye, are also native to these forests, where they live ...

Self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell created

05/03/2017 08:00:17 AM

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) with the first micro-scale self-sustaining cell, which generated power for 13 straight days through symbiotic interactions ...

Hidden structures in bacterial DNA revealed

05/02/2017 08:00:17 AM

Researchers have described the 3D structure of the genome in the extremely small bacteria Mycoplasma pneumoniae. They discovered previously unknown arrangements of DNA within this tiny bacteria, which are also found in larger cells. Their findings ...

Bacteria fed synthetic iron become electrical generators

05/01/2017 07:30:15 AM

Some species of bacteria can produce electricity; these are termed electrogenic bacteria. These organisms can produce a current as part of their metabolism. The term exoelectrogen refers to any microorganism with the ability to transfer electrons ...

Air pollution leads to more drug resistant bacteria

04/30/2017 12:30:00 PM

Research shows how black carbon affects bacteria in humans’ nose, throat and lungs, possibly affecting their ability to beat the immune system.An interesting article in The Guardian:“The study concluded that the resistance of communities ...

10 Easy Steps To Clean Spills In A Biosafety Cabinet

04/29/2017 08:00:27 AM

For over 40 years, NuAire has been providing laboratory equipment that better enables researchers to work under defined environmental conditions. A biosafety cabinet or biological safety cabinet (BSC) is an enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspace ...

TB Alliance Sublicenses Promising Anti-Tuberculosis Drug

04/28/2017 07:30:31 AM

TB Alliance and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) have announced a licensing agreement for the clinical development of sutezolid, an antibiotic drug candidate which demonstrated encouraging results in early studies. The sublicense pertains to ...

Tracking yellow fever virus replication

04/27/2017 07:00:51 AM

Yellow fever virus (YFV) is a member of the flavivirus family that also includes Dengue and Zika virus. The virus, which is thought to infect a variety of cell types in the body, causes up to 200,000 cases of yellow fever every year, despite ...

Fighting MRSA with membrane-busting compounds

04/26/2017 06:00:38 AM

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year at least 2 million people in America become infected by bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and 23,000 people die from such infections. Researchers have been working ...

Changes in gut microbiota after unhealthy diet examined

04/25/2017 07:30:16 AM

The intestine is covered with a plethora of microorganisms, collectively termed gut microbiota, that are thought to play an important role in regulating the metabolism and shaping the immune system. Many studies have shown that dysbiotic bacteria ...

Efficient microbial fuel cell made from paper

04/24/2017 07:30:26 AM

Fuel cells are one of the renewable sources of energy being actively worked on by scientists. The basis of many fuel cells are specific bacteria, and a new breakthrough has been made using a paper-based system.The search for alternative forms ...

Medical technologists find cheaper way to make essential medicine

04/23/2017 07:00:05 AM

Medical technologists have found a means to create an anti-fungal medication, designed to combat Cryptococcal meningitis, less expensively. The drug is intended for use in parts of Africa.A fungal form of meningitis causes a major problem in ...

Teixobactin: A Powerful Tool for Combating Resistant Strains

04/22/2017 07:30:06 AM

Resistance to antibiotics has grown out to be serious health dilemma. Despite this serious health crisis, no new antibiotics have been revealed since last 30 y. A new ray of hope in the form of teixobactin has come out of the dark which can ...

Preparation, production, storage and performance testing of culture media

04/21/2017 15:15:19 PM

Spotlight on ISO 11133:2014 “Microbiology of food, animal feed and water -- Preparation, production, storage and performance testing of culture media.”Culture media is of fundamental importance for most microbiological tests: to obtain pure ...

Light rain can spread soil bacteria far and wide

04/20/2017 07:30:31 AM

Using high-resolution imaging, researchers from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering observed the effect of raindrops falling on dry soil laden with bacteria. When falling at speeds mimicking those of a light rain, at temperatures similar ...

Faster, more accurate detection of food- and water-borne bacteria

04/19/2017 08:00:25 AM

Recently, Charles S. Henry and colleagues developed a paper-based method to detect Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli in food and water samples. In their latest study, Henry's team wanted to see if it would be feasible to use this paper-based ...

Visualizing the genome: First 3-D structures of active DNA created

04/18/2017 08:00:00 AM

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology used a combination of imaging and up to 100,000 measurements of where different parts of the DNA are close to each other to examine the genome in a mouse ...

Understanding the Importance of Safety in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Transportation

04/17/2017 12:49:11 PM

Pharmaceutical manufacturing and transportation is an industry that requires a high level of oversight to make sure the medications being manufactured meet the required specifications and that they are being transported correctly to ensure maximum ...

Microbial swab recovery

04/17/2017 07:30:15 AM

Swabs are commonly used as part of microbiological environmental monitoring programmes and it is important to understand the suitability of the swabs used and their limitations.A new paper by Ravikrishna Satyada and Tim Sandle looks into this ...

'Smart' bacteria remodel their genes to infect our intestines

04/16/2017 07:30:20 AM

Infectious diarrhea, a common disease of children, is responsible for over 2 million infant deaths annually in developing counties alone. A primary cause of this and other devastating conditions is enteropathogenic bacteria, which attack the ...

Proposed New USP General Chapter: The Analytical Procedure Lifecycle ?1220?

04/15/2017 07:30:12 AM

The following may be of interest to readers:An analytical procedure must be demonstrated to be fit for its intended purpose. It is useful to consider the entire lifecycle of an analytical procedure, i.e., its design and development, qualification, ...

Humidity Measurement for Effective Manufacturing

04/14/2017 07:30:08 AM

The purpose of this free eBook is to share humidity theory, tools and practical examples of how measuring humidity, moisture and dew point brings value to different manufacturing processes.The eBook includes some of our most popular and requested ...

3-D tissue culture models to mimic human gut infections

04/13/2017 08:00:25 AM

Central to the development of tissue models that can better predict how humans respond to infection is the understanding that cells and tissues in our bodies function in a three-dimensional (3-D) context. Accordingly, cell-based models of tissues ...

Useful links updated

04/12/2017 09:28:29 AM

The list of useful links to science and regulatory organizations on the site has been updated. Please check through, there will be something of interest.A3P (pharmaceutical industry, biotechnological and biomedical response to rapidly changing ...

Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug

04/12/2017 08:00:08 AM

Phages are viruses that kill bacteria but are otherwise harmless. A major advantage is that phages only target the harmful bacteria, so there are less side of the effects often associated with antibiotics. Phage therapy however has not had the ...

Beneficial bacteria can offset bowel disease

04/11/2017 08:00:24 AM

In a new report, researchers describe how inflammation can go unchecked in the absence of a certain inhibitor called NLRP12, adding that beneficial bacteria may be the key to helping to reverse a cycle of gut inflammation seen in certain in ...

Biodecontamination of Cleanrooms and Laboratories Using Gassing Systems

04/10/2017 14:26:36 PM

Tim Sandle has written a new article on the decontamination of cleanrooms and laboratories by gassing systems:Cleanrooms, laboratory areas, isolators and biosafety workspaces (microbiological safety cabinets) require a level of cleanliness and ...

New sensor detects inflammatory bowel disease

04/09/2017 07:00:07 AM

Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a set of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. Examples include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In the U.S. alone some one million people suffer with one type of the disease.Current ...

3-D tissue culture models to mimic human gut infections

04/08/2017 08:00:35 AM

Central to the development of tissue models that can better predict how humans respond to infection is the understanding that cells and tissues in our bodies function in a three-dimensional (3-D) context. Accordingly, cell-based models of tissues ...

Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug

04/07/2017 07:30:01 AM

Phages are viruses that kill bacteria but are otherwise harmless. A major advantage is that phages only target the harmful bacteria, so there are less side of the effects often associated with antibiotics. Phage therapy however has not had the ...

Visualizing the genome: First 3-D structures of active DNA created

04/06/2017 07:30:32 AM

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology used a combination of imaging and up to 100,000 measurements of where different parts of the DNA are close to each other to examine the genome in a mouse ...

Beneficial bacteria can offset bowel disease

04/05/2017 08:00:32 AM

In a new report, researchers describe how inflammation can go unchecked in the absence of a certain inhibitor called NLRP12, adding that beneficial bacteria may be the key to helping to reverse a cycle of gut inflammation seen in certain in ...

EDQM Symposium on Microbiology

04/04/2017 08:00:08 AM

The EDQM will hold an international symposium on 10-11 October 2017 in Strasbourg (France) to present and discuss recent achievements, as well as future perspectives, of the Ph. Eur. in the microbiology field.The symposium will cover the recent ...

Risk of microbial spores in cleanrooms

04/03/2017 07:30:11 AM

The risks posed by microbial spores pose to cleanrooms in terms of their survival mechanisms and, in the case of fungi, ease of dispersal, are substantial. One means to address this is through the use of a proven sporidical agent. This is the ...

ISO 31000 revision

04/02/2017 07:30:14 AM

ISO 31000:2009 on risk management is intended for people who create and protect value in an organization by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives and improving performance. The standard’s revision process discovers ...

Microbiome diversity is influenced by chance encounters

04/01/2017 07:30:12 AM

Within the human digestive tract, there are trillions of bacteria, and these communities contain hundreds or even thousands of species. The makeup of those populations can vary greatly from one person to another, depending on factors such as ...

Takeaways From The FDA's Revised Quality Metrics Guidance

03/31/2017 07:00:22 AM

On November 23, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a revised draft guidance for Submission of Quality Metrics Data. The guidance includes significant changes to the earlier quality metrics draft guidance issued by the agency ...

Risk Mitigation When Evaluating Cleanroom Construction Materials

03/30/2017 15:22:13 PM

Maik Jornitz, President, G-Con, has written an interesting white paper on cleanroom construction materials.The introduction reads:Reducing the cost of goods sold has become a focus of pharmaceutical facility, cleanroom, and process design, ...

Why rare microbial species are sometimes important

03/30/2017 07:30:15 AM

Despite the small population of each rare species in a microbial community, such species may number as much as several hundred within a community, such that the so-called "rare biosphere" may account for roughly 20-30 percent of individual bacteria ...

Targeting antimicrobial resistance in the short-term

03/29/2017 07:30:11 AM

While any antimicrobial resistance is concerning, the increasing incidence of antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria has become a particular problem as strains resistant to multiple antibiotics are becoming common and no new drugs to treat ...

Journal of GXP Compliance Author of the Year award

03/28/2017 07:00:20 AM

Tim Sandle has won the Journal of GXP Compliance Author of the Year award. This was for the following papers submitted to the journal during 2016:“Control of WFI and Clean Steam Systems for Bacterial Endotoxins”“Designing Aseptic Process ...

Top 10 Things to Avoid to Ensure Good Data Integrity Practice

03/27/2017 07:30:16 AM

Bioscience Technology has issued a guide on data integrity, which is free to download.The science site states: “With the advances of technology and the migration of data onto digital platforms, the need for properly and safely sustaining the ...

Antimicrobial substances identified in Komodo dragon blood

03/26/2017 08:00:22 AM

The world's largest lizard, Komodo dragons live on five small islands in Indonesia. The saliva of these creatures contains at least 57 species of bacteria, which are believed to contribute to the demise of their prey. Yet, the Komodo dragon ...

Common bacterium helps control disease-bearing mosquitoes

03/25/2017 09:00:17 AM

Genes from a common bacterium can be harnessed to sterilize male insects, a tool that can potentially control populations of both disease-bearing mosquitoes and agricultural pests, researchers at Yale University and Vanderbilt University re ...

How cells adapt rapidly to zero gravity

03/24/2017 09:00:05 AM

Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes -- after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, ...

New TB drug candidates developed from soil bacteria

03/23/2017 08:30:27 AM

A new treatment for tuberculosis (TB) is set to be developed using compounds derived from bacteria that live in soil -- according an international collaboration of researchers, including the University of Warwick.The group looked at soil bacteria ...

10 Healthy Eating Tips for the Student

03/22/2017 08:30:22 AM

College students must know how to maintain their body healthily and strong. Their food diet should be well-planned, and they should take their food in time. Eating is compulsory for all of us. But for students, it is more than necessary. They ...

TB Alliance Calls on WHO to Add Tuberculosis to List of Critical Group of Bacteria

03/21/2017 08:30:42 AM

TB Alliance and the broader TB community urge that the World Health Organization (WHO) add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to the critical group within the list of drug-resistant bacteria identified as urgent priorities for research and developm ...

National Poison Prevention Week

03/20/2017 08:30:02 AM

In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25), the National Capital Poison Center urges all parents to take 2 minutes to learn how to prevent and respond to a poison emergency. More than a million poison exposures occur every ...

Which Medicine For Ed Has The Lowest Number Of Side Effects?

03/19/2017 13:04:32 PM

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is pretty common among men with almost half of men between the ages 40 to 70 have some kind of erectile problems.  The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 7 percent of men aged 18 to 29 and 9 ...

New way to classify viruses based on structure

03/19/2017 09:00:26 AM

Professor Robert Sinclair at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Professor Dennis Bamford and Dr. Janne Ravantti from the University of Helsinki have found new evidence to support a classification system ...

Novel genetic switch boosts bacteria cells' production of useful chemicals

03/18/2017 08:30:19 AM

MIT chemical engineers have designed a novel genetic switch that allows them to dramatically boost bacteria's production of useful chemicals by shutting down competing metabolic pathways in the cells.Researchers have been trying to engineer ...

Gut inflammation controlled by changing bacterial balance

03/17/2017 08:00:38 AM

Numerous human diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and autism spectrum disorders have been linked to abnormal gut microbial communities, or microbiomes, but an open question is whether these altered microbiomes are drivers ...

Commonly used pain relievers have added benefit of fighting bacterial infection

03/16/2017 08:30:17 AM

Some commonly used drugs that combat aches and pains, fever, and inflammation are also thought to have the ability to kill bacteria. New research appearing online on March 13 in the Cell Press journal Chemistry & Biology reveals that these drugs, ...

Rainbow dyes add greater precision to fight against 'superbugs'

03/15/2017 08:30:10 AM

The discovery, made possible through a revolutionary method used to color bacterial cell walls developed at IU, is an important step forward in research on bacterial growth and could inform efforts to develop drugs that combat antibiotic-resistant ...

Crosstalk between intestinal microbes and immune system

03/14/2017 08:30:24 AM

The human gut is home to some 100 trillion bacteria, comprising between 250 and 500 species. This astounding array of organisms, collectively known as the gut microbiome, is a powerful regulator of disease and health and has been implicated ...

Sleepy bacteria evolve to resist antibiotics

03/13/2017 09:00:15 AM

Antibiotic resistance is a major and growing problem worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world, and new resistance mechanisms are emerging and ...

Is Scott Gottlieb the next FDA Commissioner?

03/13/2017 08:30:46 AM

Scott Gottlieb is President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the agency, according to Bloomberg sources at the White House.Gottlieb, a former deputy commissioner of the FDA under George W. Bush, will look to cut th red tape at the FDA, enabling ...

An Analysis Of FDA FY2016 Drug GMP Warning Letters

03/12/2017 09:00:30 AM

Pharmaceutical on-line has published a useful overview of FDA warning lettersissued in 2016. This comes from Barbara Unger, Unger Consulting Inc.Here are the headline trends:The number of drug GMP warning letters issued more than doubled over ...

Bacteria turn a tick's gut microbes against itself

03/11/2017 08:00:08 AM

Before infecting humans, tick-borne bacteria or viruses first have to get past a tick's defenses to colonize it. How this occurs is not well understood. To investigate, Yale researchers studied a model of the second-most-common tick-borne infection ...

Understanding Airlocks for cGMP Facilities

03/10/2017 08:00:24 AM

The use of airlocks is a principle that is well-established in the design of cGMP facilities. Despite the apparent simplicity of inserting small rooms into the plan of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, there is confusion regarding their ...

Recall Report

03/09/2017 15:13:05 PM

A new website of interest called Recall Report:A recall occurs when a medication or product is faulty or has side effects so severe that it becomes potentially dangerous to human health. Recalls happen for a number of reasons, including faulty ...

How to Safely Handle Compressed Gas Cylinders

03/09/2017 08:00:14 AM

The hazards involved in compressed gas use run the gamut from oxygen displacement (inert gas use), fires, explosions, and toxic exposures to the physical hazards of high pressurization. So in this issue, the Safety Guys offer some tips on accident ...

How to gown effectively (video) - part 2

03/08/2017 08:00:24 AM

Here is part 2 of our how to gown properly when entering cleanrooms videos.Practical workshop on good cleanroom gowning from Simon Fiala – Key Account Manager, COMPREI Reinraum. This focuses on technique # 2 (see the first video for an alternative ...

How to gown effectively (video) - part 1

03/07/2017 14:14:07 PM

Effective gowning is an important of contamination control, given that people are the biggest source of contamination in pharmaceutical facilities. To aid good gowning, we're providing two videos showing effective gowning techniques.The first ...

A Closer Look at the Right to Try Act for the Terminally Ill

03/06/2017 07:00:21 AM

There are hundreds of different investigational drugs that are in various phases of clinical trials all over the world. Until they’ve been cleared to be marketed to the public, they are only available in very limited clinical trials. While ...

Vitamin B12 and microbial growth

03/05/2017 07:30:19 AM

Scientists have found more evidence that vitamin B12, a substance produced by only a few organisms but needed by nearly all of them, wields great power in the microbial world. The findings lend credence to the idea that B12 helps shape microbial ...

How to Safely Handle Compressed Gas Cylinders

03/04/2017 08:00:19 AM

The hazards involved in compressed gas use run the gamut from oxygen displacement (inert gas use), fires, explosions, and toxic exposures to the physical hazards of high pressurization. So in this issue, the Safety Guys offer some tips on accident ...

The Science Behind the Detox Fad

03/03/2017 16:28:40 PM

A guest post By Helen Vector.Detox and detoxification have become the latest buzzwords in the diet industry fixated with convincing people (mostly women) that they have found a quick fix that will help them to lose weight fast. We now detox ...

Identifying bacteria using a flow cytometer

03/03/2017 07:30:11 AM

A new, easy-to-adapt and inexpensive analytical procedure has been developed by researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The main role is played by innovative bioconjugates -- luminescent, ...

European and US regulators agree on mutual recognition of inspections

03/02/2017 13:58:32 PM

Important news for those who work in organizations that regularly receive both U.S. FDA and European medicines agency inspectors. This has been a long time coming...a new transatlantic agreement is now in place, designed to will help to make ...

Evidence of the bacterial transfer during space missions

03/02/2017 08:00:35 AM

Most modern organisms require specific conditions to survive: liquid water, oxygen, moderate temperatures, stable aboveground air pressure, and low-level radiation exposure. However, not all terrestrial organisms live harmoniously under such ...

Bacteria inspire synthetic catalysts

03/01/2017 08:00:08 AM

Using a natural catalyst from bacteria for inspiration, researchers have now reported the fastest synthetic catalysts to date for hydrogen production-- producing 45 million hydrogen molecules per second.The chemical bonds in hydrogen gas, for ...

How viruses communicate

02/28/2017 08:00:06 AM

Viruses have been found to communicate with one another, leaving short “posts” for kin and descendants. The messages help the viruses reading them decide how to proceed with the process of infection, according to research.Many viruses face ...

Clean Room Technology in ART Clinics: A Practical Guide

02/27/2017 08:00:08 AM

A new book of interest 'Clean Room Technology in ART Clinics: A Practical Guide', edited by Sandro C. Esteves, Alex C. Varghese, Kathryn C. Worrilow.Regulatory agencies worldwide have issued directives or such requirements for air quality standards ...

Bacteria turn a tick's gut microbes against itself

02/26/2017 08:00:04 AM

Before infecting humans, tick-borne bacteria or viruses first have to get past a tick's defenses to colonize it. How this occurs is not well understood. To investigate, Yale researchers studied a model of the second-most-common tick-borne infection ...