Mercedes Scientific is at the USCAP Tradeshow!

Mercedes Scientific is at the USCAP Tradeshow!

Mercedes Scientific is partnering with DiaPath this week at the USCAP tradeshow in Los Angeles, CA at the LA Convention Center. Both companies are collaborating to show off equipment in histopathology. DiaPath is an innovative, Italian-based company that focuses on creating a complete, reliable and quality portfolio of instruments, reagents and consumables totally dedicated to anatomic pathology. The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, abbreviated USCAP, is the largest North American organization of pathologists. It is the publisher to two major pathology journals, Laboratory Investigation and Modern Pathology. This is the 109th Annual Meeting, which is expected to attract around 4,500 attendees. The USCAP show is open from February 29 to March 5. Along with 146 exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall, several courses, presentations and lectures are available to attendees. Mercedes Scientific is at booth 935, while DiaPath neighbors at booth 939. Both will be showing off microtomes, cryostats, tissue processors, stainers and embedding centers, as well as educating attendees on key pathology processes perfected with the equipment on display.

For more information about the USCAP tradeshow, CLICK HERE: https://www.xcdsystem.com/uscap/program/2020/.

Get your Leprechaun Henry before he disappears!

Get your Leprechaun Henry before he disappears!

The month of March brings the Luck of the Irish – Shamrocks, St. Patti’s Day, Leprechauns… Our first special-themed Henry for 2020 is Leprechaun Henry. He’s greener than a Shamrock Shake, and he’s in very limited quantities. This St. Patti’s Day plush won’t be bringing any pots o’ gold, but he’s sure to bring you luck all year long. He is expected to be out of stock BEFORE March 17th  – so get yours before he disappears for good (no restocks on this one). Customers have to spend $99 or more, and request Leprechaun Henry with their orders. If ordering online, requests for Leprechaun Henry (and any other giveaway) can be placed in the Shipping Instructions field during the Checkout process.

That Extraneous Floating Tissue

That Extraneous Floating Tissue

Extraneous tissue, commonly known as floaters, in the lab, will never be completely eradicated from our testing practices, but we can take steps to understand where it comes from, and how we can prevent it.

Main sources of floaters include, the grossing bench, the embedding stations, and the microtomy stations. At each station, cleaning is an important factor in prevention of floaters. If forceps aren’t cleaned between each and every specimen, you can get fragments of tissue that carry from one specimen to the next. Similarly, if forceps are not cleaned between cassettes, tissue can get carried from one block to the next. Also be mindful of the wells the forceps are stored in and ensure regular cleaning of these occurs. At the microtomy station, ribbon fragments can get picked up if you’re not cleaning the water bath surface between blocks. Cleaning! Cleaning! Cleaning! It really is super important.

Make sure to use common sense practices in your lab, such as not putting your fingers in the water bath or touching the slide in parts other than the sides. Wearing gloves can also reduce the likelihood of your own cells becoming extraneous tissue.

CONTINUE READING HERE: https://www.fixationonhistology.com/post/preventing-floaters

Content provided by Fixation on Histology

Status of the Coronavirus and its Reach

Status of the Coronavirus and its Reach

Worldwide, more than 70,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported and more than 1,700 people — the vast majority of them in mainland China — have died of COVID-19.

The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship has been under Japan-ordered quarantine since Feb. 5, after a passenger who had disembarked earlier tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong. Fourteen U.S. passengers were evacuated from the cruise ship in Japan and flown to military bases in California and Texas have tested positive for the new coronavirus, U.S. officials confirm. An additional 44 Americans from the Diamond Princess ship who tested positive for coronavirus will stay in Japan while they recover. Some have been hospitalized, but not all who are infected are sick.

Doctors in five U.S. cities will begin testing patients with flu-like symptoms for the new coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The coronavirus test will only be given to patients who test negative for the flu. So far, the testing protocol will be implemented in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle, though more cities will be added. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said the increased testing is part of an effort to determine whether the virus is spreading in communities across the U.S. “The results would be an early warning signal to trigger a change in our response strategy,” she said.

We have experienced an enormous increase in demand for masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, gowns and many other infection control products as health facilities and laboratories attempt to prepare for further impact of this virus. Currently, masks are the primary product impacted. We are not taking orders for masks unless product is readily available. Your orders remain non-cancellable and non-returnable for all impacted product categories. We are working with our manufacturing partners to secure product for you.

Product categories include: N95 masks, regular earloop masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, thermometers, isolation gowns, gloves and other infection control categories.

We will keep you posted on changes in product availability.

Sources:

  • https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/02/17/806634515/14-americans-taken-off-cruise-ship-and-flown-to-u-s-test-positive-for-coronaviru
  • https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/41706832/5-us-cities-to-start-testing-patients-with-flulike-symptoms-for-coronavirus
The Brewery Catalog is here!

The Brewery Catalog is here!

The Brewery Catalog is here! Find products specific to Brewery Labs, and ORDER online or with your Mercedes Scientific Sales/Customer Care Representative today!

View the catalog online HERE, or download a digital pdf for desktop view or printing! You can also contact Customer Service or your Sales Rep to order a physical copy of the Brewery Catalog.

  • ATP Meters & Swabs
  • pH Meters
  • Serological Pipets
  • pH Buffers
  • Centrifuges & Centrifuge Tubes
  • Microscopes
  • Hemocytometers
  • Inoculation Loops
  • Beer Media Culture
  • Cylinders
  • and more…
Using CPP to Simultaneously Clean Pesticide and PCB Extracts

Using CPP to Simultaneously Clean Pesticide and PCB Extracts

CarboPrep Plus (CPP) may be used to clean EPA 8082 extracts for Aroclor quantitation, provided caution is exercised in choosing the quant peaks, setting up the possibility of processing a combined pesticide/PCB extract without the sulfuric acid clean up step.

Why clean the PCBs extracts at all?  If pesticide extracts are run on the same instrument regular maintenance would be required to meet the stringent inlet inertness requirements for endrin and DDT.  PCB methods typically do not have the same stringent requirements, however samples typically have high concentrations of non-volatile matrix compounds that build up in the inlet effecting chromatography, which effects quantitation.

An effective cleanup is also important since chromatographic interferences make it difficult to perform Aroclor pattern identifications.  Other challenges include weathering which can significantly change the Aroclor pattern combined with different Aroclor mixtures.

Read more at Restek’s Chromablography HERE

More info about CarboPrep Plus:

Order# RTK 25845

• Maximum Contaminant Removal

• Less Instrument Downtime

• Higher Sample Throughput

Keep your organochlorine pesticide GCs up and running by protecting them against matrix components with superior sample cleanup. Resprep CarboPrep Plus SPE cartridges surpass traditional Florisil products in cleanup power for sample matrix compounds that cause active sites in GC inlets and columns, degrading pesticides and interrupting work due to failed calibration checks. For CarboPrep Plus cartridges, Restek uses a proprietary treatment to create an exceptionally clean carbon that exhibits consistent selectivity. The end result is a reliable sample preparation product that does not contribute interfering background signal and does not need to be evaluated lot to lot to see if elution volumes need to be adjusted. In addition, CarboPrep Plus cartridges are designed to use the same equipment, solvents, and solvent volumes as a traditional Florisil cleanup procedure, minimizing the impact of switching on sample prep labs while maximizing the performance benefit to analytical labs.

Content provided by Restek Chromablography.

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