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Dr. Ilka Ottleben ♥ Laborpraxis Worldwide

Dr. Ilka Ottleben

LABORPRAXIS - Mehr Effizienz für Labor & Analytik

Dr. Ilka Ottleben ist Diplom-Biologin, Schwerpunkt Molekularbiologie, und seit 2009 Redakteurin beim Fachmedium LABORPRAXIS.

Articles of the author

Fig. 1: In many laboratories, multiple sacks of consumables such as cell culture flasks, pipette tips, laboratory gloves and packaging are accumulated every day. Do we really need all of this?
Plastic Waste in Life Sciences Laboratories

Tackling Waste: 5 Steps to Less Plastic Waste in the Lab

Life sciences laboratories are another area in which plastic waste can be reduced. Approximately 5.5 million tons of plastic waste are produced every year in life sciences laboratories alone, including items like pipette tips, nitrile gloves, cell culture flasks. In the age of global waste pollution and the ubiquity of plastic in the world around us, this is definitely too much. It can’t all be changed, but improvements are possible in some areas.

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1 Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from female hemp (cannabis)
Cannabis Analysis

Cannabis Under (Moisture) Control

The determination of moisture in cured cannabis is an indicator of microbial contamination, a key variable used to calculate other constituent results on a dry basis and required for the pressing process of extracting CBD oil from cannabis. Thermogravimetric moisture determination can provide valuable services here.

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Sartoclear Dynamics Lab is an innovative solution for laboratory-scale prefiltration and sterile filtration of mammalian cell cultures.
Clarification and sterile Filtration of Antibodies

Fast Cell Harvesting Without Using a Centrifuge

Whether employed in basic research or the production of biopharmaceuticals, monoclonal antibodies are used in an exceptionally wide range of applications. Until now, harvesting of mammalian cell cultures used to be time-consuming, especially at laboratory scale, and usually involved a centrifugation step. A new diatomaceous earth-based filtration solution now improves and accelerates this process significantly.

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Fig.1: Food testing laboratories have to deal with ever larger amounts of data due to increased regulatory requirements.
Food safety

Right Data for Real Food

Food testing laboratories need reliable data management systems in order to comply with the ever increasing regulatory requirements. LIMS platforms play an important role in terms of compliance with HACCP and ISO 17025 as well as in the implementation of comprehensive security mechanisms.

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The coralberry currently once again adorns many living roomsFor pharmacists, however, it is interesting for a different reason: It contains an act as a beacon of hope against asthma and certain types of cancer.

Bacterium produces pharmaceutical all-purpose weapon

For some years, an active substance from the leaves of an ornamental plant has been regarded as a possible forerunner of a new group of potent drugs. So far, however, it has been very laborious to manufacture it in large quantities. That could now change: Researchers at the University of Bonn have identified a bacterium that produces the substance and can also be easily cultivated in the laboratory.

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Fig. 1 When a weapon was last fired and whether it was involved in a crime, can be determined by gunshot residues.
Determining if and when a handgun has been fired

Gunshot Residue Dating

To clarify whether and when a handgun was fired, forensic scientists search for and analyze Gunshot Residue (GSR) deposits. One highly interesting aspect of GSR is the presence of volatile organic chemical residues, which can offer clues as to when a weapon was fired. An innovative extraction technique based on Headspace Sorptive Extraction (HSSE) and Gerstel Twister has now been shown to extract additional information from spent cartridges.

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