Laboratory Quality News Roundup: Pipettes, FDA Standards, Metrology, and More

Have you discovered the TTE Pipette News Page yet? Each week we gather information about everything from tips on equipment maintenance, purchasing and safety to useful "how to"s, scientific discoveries and industry news from many sources across the web in one place on our website.

Here are a few recent highlights:

First lab-grown contracting human muscle: Researchers from Duke University in Durham, NC, reveal they have grown the first ever human skeletal muscle that contracts in response to external stimuli, such as electrical impulses and pharmaceuticals. The team says their creation paves the way for testing of new drugs and the study of diseases without having to put a patient's heath at risk. Read the full study here.

How to calibrate pipettes: A six-minute video demonstrates just how critical proper calibration of your pipettes is for obtaining accurate scientific measurements.

Beer compound found good for the brain: There's a report in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage — and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Details here.

Fighting antimicrobial resistance with metrology: An article from National Physical Laboratory discusses the role of metrology in antibiotic R&D. Engineering, experimental and computational methods are providing a new biophysical measurement infrastructure for the development of new antibiotics and antimicrobial devices.

FDA standards on calibrating lab equipment are not so tough: FDA guidelines clearly underline the need for laboratories to submit results of their audits as part of general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration of laboratories. Yet very few calibration experts can tell you up front what the FDA calibration standards are. When choosing a calibration lab, be sure to look for one focused to high-quality, metrology-driven, ISO 17025 and 8655 compliant calibration.