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Meet the TurnKey Keynote: Temeri Wilder-Kofife, DVM, DACLAM

May 5, 2016 | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

ALN spoke with Temeri Wilder-Kodi, DVM, DACLAM, the current President of NCAB AALAS and the Faculty Veterinarian for the CW Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the NIH. Temeri is one of the two distinguished keynotes presenting at the 2016 TurnKey Conference, which will be held May 24-25 in Oxon City, MD (Washington DC).


High-fructose Diet During Pregnancy May Harm Placenta, Restrict Fetal Growth

May 5, 2016 10:22 am | by Kristina Sauerwein, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Consuming a high-fructose diet during pregnancy may cause defects in the placenta and restrict fetal growth, potentially increasing a baby’s risk for metabolic health problems later in life, according to research in mice and people by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


Thunder Wipes

May 5, 2016 8:56 am | by Blue Thunder Technologies | Blue Thunder Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Blue Thunder Technologies has released three new cleanroom wiping products. The new 9”x9” wipes are available in options compatible with cleanrooms ranging from ISO 3 (Class 1) – ISO 6 (Class 1000). Thunder 1, Thunder 20, and Thunder 70 offer users a quality and cost-effective wiping solution for a variety of controlled environments. Furthermore, Thunder wipes come packaged in unique quantities, offering more wipes per bag at no additional cost.

Creativity in the Workplace

May 4, 2016 5:11 pm | by Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

There is a prejudicial idea that creativity belongs to the arts and sciences and is definitely not at home in the workplace. Business and organizational managers are often viewed with a jaundiced eye, with merely managing or supervising others seen as the realm of unimaginative, rather dull people.. WRONG!


Delegation Should Be Part of Your Training Program

May 4, 2016 4:29 pm | by Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG | Articles | Comments

Delegation is a word that makes many managers nervous, and with some good reason. Delegation involves considerable effort and time, often with a side order of frustration. However, delegation can be an effective training tool.


Cage Wash Area Safety

May 4, 2016 4:04 pm | by Cheryl Pater, BS, RVT, RLATG, CMAR | Articles | Comments

Cage wash areas are a cause for concern for a variety of reasons. Some are obvious; the area will be wet and slippery. Some are regulatory; such as the OSHA confined space requirements. Some can be ergonomic; employees will be bending and lifting for hours and hours.


How to Clean and Maintain Vivariums for Optimum Hygiene

May 4, 2016 3:09 pm | by Allen Rathey | Articles | Comments

Since the term “vivarium” in Latin literally means “place of life”—it follows to use greener, non-hazardous measures wherever possible when cleaning and disinfecting to protect life and eliminate any potential confounding variables that may influence research outcomes or impact the health of the staff or vivarium.


A New Approach to Tackling the Early Stages of Surgical Training and Practice

May 4, 2016 2:47 pm | by Wendy O. Williams, DVM, DACLAM, David Mooneyhan, and Christine Peterson | Articles | Comments

Our overall goal was to create an economical and effective curriculum that addresses the early stages of surgical training, using exercises that encourage practice of surgical instrument selection and handling; while also focusing on developing the dexterity that is essential to good surgical technique.


Preventing Cloudy Cages: Is Autoclaving the Only Culprit?

May 4, 2016 2:09 pm | by Sherly Michel, Sabina Hlavaty, and Dr. LaTesa Hughes | Articles | Comments

During outbreaks at our facility, we noticed that our rat cages and their water bottles have become so cloudy after cleaning that the animals could no longer be seen through the cage, making daily health checks difficult and rendering cages unusable.


Disaster Planning: Choosing Finishes to Design Flexible Vivarium Spaces

May 4, 2016 1:33 pm | by V. James Lemken | Articles | Comments

Successfully managing an extraordinary event and managing the treatment of the facilities population has its own challenges, but there are a few options and strategies to consider when dealing with the animals macro-environment.


2016 TurnKey Conference: Something for Everyone!

May 4, 2016 1:00 pm | by Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The 2016 TurnKey Conference, to be held May 24-25, 2016 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD (Washington, DC) is the industry’s leading educational and networking event for facility directors and managers, veterinarians, vendors, designs, and architects. Registration for this two day conference is only $795.


An Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Reverses Genetic Changes Thought to Spur the Disease

May 4, 2016 10:31 am | News | Comments

With the hope of counteracting the changes in the brain that can lead to these Alzheimer's disease or cognitive decline, researchers at Rockefeller University and their colleagues have begun examining the effects of a drug known to affect this circuitry.


Why Labradors, and Some People, Are Prone to Obesity

May 4, 2016 10:17 am | News | Comments

A genetic variation associated with obesity and appetite in Labrador retrievers has been identified by scientists at the University of Cambridge. The finding may explain why Labrador retrievers are more likely to become obese than dogs of other breeds.


Quieting Cells' Low-oxygen Alarm Stops Flare-ups in Rare Bone Disorder

May 4, 2016 9:36 am | News | Comments

The cellular response to the lack of oxygen fans the flames of flare-ups in a rare bone disorder. In fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a mutation triggers bone growth in muscles, which limits motion, breathing, and swallowing, among a host of progressive symptoms.


Adult Brain Prunes Branched Connections of New Neurons

May 4, 2016 9:35 am | News | Comments

When tweaking its architecture, the adult brain works like a sculptor—starting with more than it needs so it can carve away the excess to achieve the perfect design. That’s the conclusion of a new study that tracked developing cells in an adult mouse brain in real time.


FTIR Spectrometer

May 3, 2016 4:08 pm | by Terra Universal, Inc. | Terra Universal, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Two FTIR Spectrometer is a compact and portable spectrometry analyzer with push-button operation. Data collection and processing are fast, with validation of results using an on-board library of references. Digital interferograms display more accurate results, with fewer artifacts and improved linearity. Algorithms compensate for interfering absorption of hydrogen and carbon dioxide.


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