Monthly Archives: September 2015

  1. BioSafe®: The Cleanest Clean for Your Operation

    BioSafe®: The Cleanest Clean for Your Operation

    Terra Universal specifically designs environments and furnishings to meet the needs of aseptic operations that must conform to strict FDA, cGMP and other standards involving potential microbial contamination. Bio-pharmaceutical applications require this level of sterile environment for successful disease research and drug development. We call this special line of products BioSafe. What makes Terra’s BioSafe solutions clean enough for sterile operations? The answer hinges on high-grade materials and easy-clean designs.

     

    BioSafe Materials

    Smooth stainless steel (SS) construction (304 or 316 grade) is standard for many BioSafe cleanrooms and other enclosures. These products also incorporate all-stainless steel hardware. Chrome-plated fixtures, unlike stainless steel, are subject to flaking and deterioration from metal-on-metal action, and can eventually rust if exposed

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  2. Preventing Contamination in PCR Reactions

    Preventing Contamination in PCR Reactions

    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), the amplification of DNA, is an established process used in molecular biology. PCR technology has made strides in medical and infectious disease diagnoses, forensics and research applications. Decisions about treatment options and clinical efficacy are often based on DNA and RNA analysis of patient cells. Ensuring proper contamination control guarantees that clinicians get the best possible results.

    DNA photoDNA polymerase and PCR assays are highly susceptible to contamination. Given that PCR is used in many clinical diagnostic applications with multiple patient samples on the same plate, contamination can be carried through across thousands and millions of DNA sequence copies. If a contaminant is introduced early in the reaction, then the error is amplified i

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