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Monthly Archives: September 2009

29 Sep

You are probably asking yourself what is a Resin Code? It is that alpha code found on the bottom of most plastic bottles or containers that you have in your home, or that you use in the lab. In either … Continue reading

25 Sep

What’s the difference between a virus and bacteria? A virus is an infectious agent that can’t live outside of a host cell. Viruses infect all types of organisms from plants, animals, to bacteria. Viruses are not made of cells but … Continue reading

22 Sep

Did you know that the plastic called Polyethylene Terephthalate or (PET) used in the manufacturing of the plastic bottles that hold your mineral water contain a potentially carcinogenic element called diethylhydroxylamine better known as DEHA. The bottles are safe for … Continue reading

21 Sep

Color comes from the absorption of visible light. When light shines on or through a substance some of the light is absorbed. The light that is not absorbed is reflected and this is the color we see. If only red … Continue reading

18 Sep

Microorganisms are organisms that can’t be seen by the naked eye. These organisms are typically on the order of 1 – 10 micrometers and can only bee seen by using a microscope. The term microorganisms includes bacteria, archaea, protists, and … Continue reading

15 Sep

Questions you might ask regarding the 2009 strain of the N1H1 virus. Earlier this year named the Swine Flu. Is the 2009 strain of N1H1 flu contagious? CDC (Center for Disease Control) has determined that 2009 H1N1 virus is contagious … Continue reading

11 Sep

Did you know that bacillus anthracis (anthrax) and bacillus botulinum can be boiled in water for 20 hours and still live? Bacteria may be small but they can be a formidable foe. Bacteria cells are typically in the range of … Continue reading

08 Sep

There are several very common Laboratory glove materials, Neoprene, Rubber, Nitrile, and Latex. There are also materials made for protection from cuts such as SafeKnit Cut resistant gloves, made by Ansell Healthcare. Laboratory gloves can also be made for high … Continue reading

04 Sep

Bacterial staining is used to identify bacteria and is an integral part of microbiology. Bacterial identification is vital in diagnosing patients who may be infected. There are different types of stains such as capsular stain, gram stain, simple stain, negative … Continue reading

01 Sep

A Frock from the days of the 18th Century was a men’s long coat that had wide full sleeves. Usually this coat was an unfitted garment worn for hunting. Dating as far back as the 16th Century, a Frock for … Continue reading