Monthly Archives: July 2012

27 Jul

Tube Agglutination Test

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The tube agglutination test can be used to determine if an individual is infected with the Epstein-Barr virus, the cause of infectious mononucleosis.  Infectious mononucleosis is a disease that mainly affects those between the ages of 13-25.  The virus can … Continue reading

26 Jul

Jar Mill

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Ok , you’re curious enough to open this blog and questioning to yourself, Jar Mill?  I had a customer contact me last week for more information on this device, which in all honesty, I had no idea what this was.  At … Continue reading

19 Jul

Weather Station

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Weather Stations  are another one of those  items that most people probably do not  have on their wish list, but with what is turning out to be one of the hottet summers in recent history, what a great tool to have.  Nothing … Continue reading

16 Jul


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Need a quick way to draw vacuum in the lab?  As long as you have a sink with a faucet you can use an aspirator.  The running water going through the aspirator carries air with it pulling a vacuum.  Aspirators … Continue reading

13 Jul

Blood Typing

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Blood typing may be performed by slide or tube methods.  In my previous post I discussed the different blood groups and how they are differentiated.  The procedure for blood typing was devloped in 1900 by Karl Landsteinter.  He is credited … Continue reading

12 Jul

Face Shields

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  I chose to write this weeks blog on Face Shields after having a lengthy conversation with one of my laboratory customers.  Its one of those things that many of us take for granted, until faced with a situation.  In doing some … Continue reading

09 Jul

Diaphragm Pump

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A diaphragm pump, also known as a membrane pump, uses a flexible membrane to draw fluid or air into the pump chamber.  The same membrane pushes the fluid out of the pump chamber.  A piston is attached to an elastomeric … Continue reading

09 Jul


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Nestlets is the perfect nestling material for mice, hamsters, gerbils, rats, rabbits and other small mammals.  And here I thought shredded newspaper was good enough.  Rodents are nestling animals, and in a laboratory environment, where you’re trying to keep your critters … Continue reading

02 Jul

Positive Displacement Pump

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A positive displacement pump, or a rotary vane pump, uses moveable vanes mounted on a rotor in side a chamber to displace air, gas, water, solvents, or hydraulic fluid.  The vanes in a rotary vane pump are mounted in slots … Continue reading