Thermo Fisher Scientific today launched the Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 6 and 7 Pro Real-Time PCR Systems, the world’s first Smart qPCR instruments. Capabilities include facial authentication, voice commands, radio-frequency identification (RFID)-enabled plate scanning, and quick access to service and support with a single touch.
Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence and Automated Laboratories – Are You Ready for Lab Samples to be Delivered by Drones?
Hudson Robotics, Inc. announced their collaboration with Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) to bring drone technology to life science laboratories for sample handling.
A Washington, DC Superior Court has denied a defense request to compel the prosecution in a court case to provide source code for STRmix™. Noting that STRmix™ – the sophisticated forensic software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles – “is not a secret product, as defendant characterizes it,”
The cannabinoid content of legal cannabis in Washington State varies systematically across testing facilities and popular consumer products
In 2017, Washington State’s cannabis testing laboratories were going through a mini-crisis, with questions of credibility being raised about certain laboratories’ testing methodologies and practices. How much were differences in tested samples based on differences in methodologies? What more can be done by laboratories in the industry? This 2018 paper by Jikomes and Zoorob answer these questions and more, using “a large dataset from Washington State’s seed-to-sale traceability system.” Their analyses of this dataset showed “systematic differences in the results obtained by different testing facilities in Washington,” leading to “cannabinoid inflation” in certain labs. The authors conclude that despite the difficulties of having cannabis illegal at the federal level, efforts to standardize testing protocols etc. must continue to be made in order to protect consumers and increase confidence in the testing system.
This is a Doane University-created course that is released on the edX platform. The self-paced three-week course is designed to help learners “[g]ain an understanding of how healthcare informatics is deployed in diverse healthcare systems around the world.” The course is free to take, with a Verified Certificate of completion available for $149. (The course is also part of a Healthcare Administration MicroMasters program.) The course requires on average five to ten hours a week of effort.