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Let's Talk About Algal Toxins

The Earth’s waters are teeming with life that contain various types of plant species, one of the most notable being algae. Algae is known as a simple aquatic plant, one capable of conducting photosynthesis. The term “algae”, however, is also used to describe a group of “photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms”. The habitats of algae can range from saltwater oceans to freshwater lakes. Despite its looks, algae are also capable of withstanding certain spans of temperatures and acidity. It has been estimated that there are anywhere from 30,000 to more than 1 million species of algae, many of which are members of differing groups and classifications.

What The Heck is a PFAS Anyway?

Maybe the name of an up and coming hip hop artist? An acronym for a software system? Or maybe nothing - just four random letters smashed together. These four letters may seem foreign, but they are more relevant than most would imagine. In fact, since the 1940s these microscopic substances have been making their way into rivers, lakes, soil and drinking water while posing a threat to your health

Efficacy Testing Against West Nile Virus

Microbac Laboratories, Inc. has successfully developed an assay for West Nile Virus and now offers regulatory-compliant virucidal efficacy testing for disinfectants and antiseptics that seek an official claim against West Nile Virus.

Optimizing Laboratory Efficiency at Microbac

Successful laboratories typically have two things in common - they are both effective and efficient. Here at Microbac Laboratories, we aim to produce results faster and get it right, the first time. This balance between quality and quantity is the result of innovation, attention to detail and the unmatched leadership of specialists like Amy Hansen.

GMO Testing: Doing What Others Aren't

“I was always good at puzzles as a child,” explained molecular biologist and Microbac Laboratories operations manager Robert Brooks as he deconstructed his passion for the complicated work that he and his team of molecular biologists do every day.

Testing for Lead In School Drinking Water

In an effort to identify and reduce potential sources of lead contamination in drinking water, new state legislation requires Tennessee public schools to test drinking water for potentially harmful levels of lead.

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Microbac Earns ACIL Customer Quality Award

Congratulations to our Marietta team for their demonstrated commitment to quality and customer service.

 

Microbac Ups Investment in Food Industry Testing

Renovated and expanded laboratory offers food and nutrition clients robust testing resources under one roof.

Microbac Opens State-of-the-Art Food Testing Lab in Westborough, MA

Investment in the New England Region Brings Improved Food Safety and Quality Analytical Options

Dr. Aaron Peacock Joins Microbac

Dr. Aaron Peacock Joins Microbac Laboratories, Inc. as Director of Molecular Biology - Microbac continues to deepen industry intelligence with a growing team of top experts.

Microbac's Super Bath Has Room For All

Microbac's testing laboratory in Boulder Colorado announces bigger than ever news with bigger than ever bath capacity to test up to 48" diameter polymer pipe.

Microbac to Present Zika Findings at European Immunology Conference

Steve Zhou, Ph.D., Director of Virology and Toxicology for Microbac has been invited to present his Zika virus research and discovery at the 8th Annual European Immunology Conference in Madrid, Spain, June 29 – July 1.

Microbac and Sample6 Partner to Make Food Safer Together

Environmental monitoring technology within food processing facilities helps take food safety to the next level.

Microbac Prepared to Help Illinois Schools

In an effort toward a goal of a lead-free water system, new Illinois State legislation requires Illinois schools and daycare facilities to test drinking water to identify potentially harmful levels of lead.

Inactivation and Disinfection of Zika Virus on a Nonporous Surface

Published in the Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology, the study was conducted to evaluate the environmental stability of ZIKV on hard, non-porous surfaces such as glass, and to provide inactivation efficacy information for some commonly employed physical and chemical (disinfectant) approaches.


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In Vitro Toxicity Testing for Pesticides and Disinfectants

With the development of in vitro, ex vivo and in silica toxicity evaluation methodologies, it has become apparent that these alternative methods can provide data as predictive and accurate, if not more, as in vivo testing.

Bird Flu Returns to China - Testing and Prevention Strategies

Steve Zhou, Microbac’s Director of Virology and Toxicology, gives a brief overview of the biology of the bird flu H7N9, its treatment and prevention strategies, and the testing methodologies for measuring the efficacy of disinfectants and antiseptics against the virus.

Biopharmaceutical Process Evaluated for Viral Clearance

The purpose of Viral Clearance evaluation is to assess the capability of a manufacturing production process to inactivate and/or remove potential viral contaminants. Experience and knowledge in selecting the most relevant target viruses, appropriate purification steps, and viral clearing agents are critical in the design and implementation of a cost- effective and high-quality viral clearance study.

2013 Influenza A H7N9 Virus

The efficacy and safety of these products must be adequately tested following scientifically sound and regulatory recognized methods. An important agent in these tests is the actual H7N9 influenza virus culture, which serves either as the challenge organism or the positive control.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and MERS- Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Virucidal Efficacy Testing for Disinfectants and Antiseptics

This article gives an overview of the disease, the causing virus and testing methodologies for disinfectants and antiseptics for efficacy against MERS-CoV. 

Testing Norovirus in Food, Clinical and Environmental Samples

Human noroviruses (HuNoVs) are the leading cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis, infecting more than 23 million people in the U.S. per year according to estimation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Detecting norovirus at an early stage and keeping an effective surveillance program is critical for food and environmental safety.

Equine Herpes Virus 1 Virus: Disease, Economics, and Containment

As a result of the Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) outbreaks, businesses that manufacture farm and veterinary disinfectant/cleaning products have a need to validate product efficacy against EHV-1.


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Environmental Articles

Dehalococcoides Ethenogenes Monitoring

Environmental cleanup has become a top priority worldwide. A current method that allows companies to minimize these issues is bioremediation. Bioremediation is a technique that uses naturally-occurring processes in a focused manner to speed up what would occur slowly over time.

Formaldehyde and Indoor Air Quality

Formaldehyde is widely used in the building and home furnishings industries. Pressed wood products use adhesive containing urea formaldehyde that can break down, releasing formaldehyde into the air.

FT-IR Waste Testing

In this article we show that FT-IR, in combination with a modern sample cell such as the Pike MIRacle ATR, can be a fast and effective tool in the identification of unknown wastes. The sample preparation and screening procedures can be performed in just a few minutes and the resultant spectra can provide enough information to characterize wastes and aqueous, petroleum distillates, pure solvents, solvent mixtures and to identify many common commercial products. 

Methyl Mercury

Mercury exists in various forms in the environment, either naturally-occurring or deposited as an industrial pollutant. We provide analytical testing services for the detection of methyl mercury in fish tissue, soil and aqueous matrices.

PAHS Detection in Low Levels by SIM

Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a large group of organic compounds consisting of two or more fused rings. They are also one of the most widespread groups of organic pollutants in the environment. We currently are running low level PAHs using Agilent Technologies equipment and achieving very low regulatory limits as required by Indiana RISC (Risk Integrated System of Closure) and Illinois TACO (Tiered Approach to Corrective Action Objectives).

PCB Determinations

PCBs are man-made chemicals that were created for various industrial uses and were commonly used as insulation material for electrical equipment. Several factors contribute to difficulties in PCB determinations. First, the sample matrix itself may mask some responses, making pattern recognition difficult. Another common problem occurs when multiple aroclors are present in a sample, causing an overlap in congener responses and skewing common patterns.

Rotenone Detection in Surface and Ground Waters

Rotenone is a naturally occurring compound that can be used as a broad spectrum insecticide, piscicide, and pesticide. Used in fish management programs, the ultimate goal of using Rotenone in fisheries management is to restore native (or desirable) fish and to return the natural aquatic environment to a healthy state.