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Behind the Bench: Tobacco Testing Then and Now With Specialist Mark Hathaway

Behind the Bench: Tobacco Testing Then and Now With Specialist Mark Hathaway

Mark Hathaway is a true specialist. He has spent his entire career studying pesticide analysis in a town that’s known around the world for tobacco production. Because of this extensive experience, Mark is what you would call an authority on the subject. And we sat down with him to discuss the past, present and future of this unique niche of the testing industry. All, meet Mark.

Behind the Bench: A Conversation with One of the Industry’s Leading Problem Solvers

Behind the Bench: A Conversation with One of the Industry’s Leading Problem Solvers

Welcome to our series – Behind the Bench – where we profile people in the laboratory testing industry that you probably don’t know — but should. Get ready to meet chemists, molecular biologists, lab techs and generally fascinating people from across the industry as we go behind the bench to get to know the laboratory […]

Testing You Trust

Testing You Trust

As the largest family-owned, privately held third-party testing company in the nation, our locations across the country operate with a level of authenticity, integrity, urgency and excellence that few others can off

Lead in School Drinking Water

Lead in School Drinking Water

Lead in drinking water is a hot topic – and over the past few years, concerns regarding its presence in schools have made their way into headlines across the country.

GMO Testing For The Future

GMO Testing For The Future

Scientists at Microbac Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee have been testing for genetically modified organisms (GMO) for well over a decade – nearly as long as GMO awareness has been on the public radar. Now, food companies across the United States rely on Microbac’s expertise to test products for not only accurate GMO labeling, but […]

Let’s Talk About Algal Toxins

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 […]

Why Size Matters – When Picking a Laboratory

Why Size Matters – When Picking a Laboratory

Size matters. And when it comes to choosing a laboratory to partner with, it matters even more. Too small, and businesses find themselves having to ship their samples to multiple laboratories, because the first doesn’t have sufficient capabilites. Too large, and you become lost in the que.

Food Labels Have Never Been More Trustworthy

Food Labels Have Never Been More Trustworthy

You have a daughter named Kate. Kate is an energetic, willful seven-year old girl. You are proud of her curious nature. She has a real taste for adventure at a young age, but because of her severe tree nut allergy, you caution her every day to remain aware of her dietary restrictions. As her mother, […]

Maximizing Time & Money With Laboratory Efficiency

Maximizing Time & Money With Laboratory Efficiency

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. […]

What The Heck is a PFAS Anyway?

What The Heck is a PFAS Anyway?

PFAS When you read those four letters, what comes to mind? 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, […]

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