Determining Authenticity of Vanilla Products with (U)HPLC Systems

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Artificial flavorings serve an important purpose when a natural alternative is difficult to produce or costly to source. Despite their commercial merits, however, such additives are often vilified as poor quality or ‘fake’ derivatives of the real thing. There is an element of truth in that: synthetic flavors derive from the chemical structure of the […]

Emergency Preparedness in a Post Pandemic World

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The Covid-19 pandemic brought emergency preparedness into the spotlight. In an unprecedented era of history, we’ve all had to grapple with what national and individual preparedness means in our post pandemic world. How do we evaluate the mistakes our country made during the pandemic and make changes to our emergency responses in the future? It’s […]

A 101 Guide to Buying a Laboratory Refrigerator

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Introduction Looking for a laboratory refrigerator? You’re not alone. Cold storage is essential for most labs. From storing testing samples to lab chemicals, laboratory refrigerators have an essential role to play. The wrong kind of refrigerator can result in spoiled substances and huge financial losses. A high risk. This article will eliminate the guesswork and […]

Microprocessor Temperature Controllers: Do They Make a Difference?

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Introduction Refrigerators and cold storage equipment can be found in just about every pharmacy, lab, or clinical setting. But have you ever stopped to consider how accurately these units are performing? How well are they protecting and preserving the substances they store? What about service costs? And temperature-reading accuracy?   All these questions and more […]

Virus Hunter, Preventing the Next Pandemic

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In the early 1900s, deep in the woodlands of Central Africa, a virus that had been quietly circulating amid apes for millennia made an unlikely jump to humans. Precisely how remains a mystery: Scientists suspect a person or persons ate an infected chimpanzee or cut a finger while butchering one, exposing themselves to blood tainted […]

Beverage Profiling with HPLC and UHPLC

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High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is used to separate, identify, and quantify compounds present in various types of samples, including many beverages. Advances in instrumentation and column technology led to the development of ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC), which offers increased resolution, speed, and sensitivity. These powerful analytical techniques are widely used in the beverage industry […]

Pesticide Residue Analysis with HPLC

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High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has emerged as an essential tool for food analysis in the intensifying world of industrial agriculture. Intensive farming is subject to strict product quality and regulatory standards. This ensures that crops are free of contaminants, within acceptable limits, and are nutritionally valuable to a worldwide market. The underlying dichotomy of health […]

How COVID spawned a surge in superbugs—and what we can do about it

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After years of progress in the battle against antimicrobial-resistance, so-called “superbugs” have made a concerning comeback in the age of COVID, with resistant hospital-onset infections and deaths soaring at least 15% in the first year of the pandemic alone, according to a new Centers for Disease Control report. Each year, about 3 million people in the […]

Cannabis Legalization Boosts Use by Double-Digits

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Residents of states where cannabis has been legalized use marijuana 24 percent more frequently than those living in states where it remains illegal, according to new research published in the journal Addiction. The study of more than 3,400 adult twins, by researchers at University of Minnesota and University of Colorado (CU), constitutes some of the strongest […]

Using HPLC to Combat Food Fraud

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Food fraud is a broad term that refers to any deliberate effort to compromise the quality of consumer products by intentional addition of sub-par ingredients, substitution for another product, misrepresentation of ingredients or qualities, or general tampering. It is an unusual form of adulteration that has been at the heart of numerous food-chain scandals since […]

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