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A new sampling technology developed by a partnership between Life Science Group Ltd of Bedford, and the University of Bedfordshire, has the potential to transform the global battle against Coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) and other viruses by improving the speed and safety of sampling, whilst maintaining the quality of the viral sample. Public Health England have just formally validated the approach, confirming that the new testing buffer the team has developed does inactivate the virus, making the samples non-infectious and safe to handle. Read the full article here.
Life Science Group Ltd has been awarded £50,000 to complete research into a process that “inactivates the virus” immediately after swab samples are taken from patients. Read the full article here.

Endotoxins in serum

Endotoxins levels in serum for cell culture are important for pharmaceutical, veterinary and clinical manufacture and also in some research applications where cells are sensitive to the presence of endotoxins. It is important that serum, specifically Foetal Bovine serum (FBS), is collected in such a way to ensure that the serum maintains low levels of

COVID-19 Testing Learning from Ebola

Current Covid-19 testing of patent samples follows guidelines published by the WHO [1], which have been followed by health organisations in major developed countries such as the National Health Service in the UK and [2] and CDC in the USA [3]. These protocols all transport virus ‘live’ in a cell preservation media that must be
Our Managing Director Jenny Murray writes about the challenges facing the use of FBS in research and manufacturing. A former Chair of the ISIA, she discusses the issues surrounding FBS, in the past, now and in the future. Writing in an article in BioProcess International, she concludes it is the responsibility of the serum industry as a
There are many places online where you can find definitions for words used to describe life research products and applications. We made it simple by compiling a comprehensive list or glossary of words used to describe our products, and the applications they may be used in. There is also a really good reference to be
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