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Isolating Unique Cell Populations – Quickly, Gently, and Efficiently!

September 2020

Have you run into this problem before?   You’re studying a rare or limited cell population. You prepare your sample and run fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS™). It’s time consuming. The longer it takes, the more cell death happens. You’re having trouble collecting enough cells for downstream applications. You’re frustrated. You wish there were a better way. A magic wand, perhaps.   You’re not alone. Sample preparation is critical to …

Immune Tolerance: What is Immune Tolerance & Types of Immunological Tolerance

September 2020

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Ah, the wonders of the immune system. It is undeniably powerful, protecting the body from a wide range of pathogens. At the same time, it must also avoid harming the body through excessive reactions to non-harmful materials. The immune system has the ability to recognize which molecules are produced by the body and which are not. Then, it can attack foreign invaders while avoiding self-produced antigens. When functioning properly, this …

What are Naïve Cells? Naïve T Cell, Naïve B Cell, and How to Isolate Naïve Lymphocytes

August 2020

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If you are studying the immune system, you have likely encountered naïve cells. Naïve T and B cells are key pieces of the immune system, part of the continuous process that allows lymphocytes to fight off bacteria, infections, and diseases. As part of your research, there may come a time when you need to isolate a naïve T cell or naïve B cell population from the rest of the cells …

Akadeum Is Joining the Fight Against COVID-19

April 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a need for fast and accurate methods for identifying RNA viruses through nucleic acid capture and detection. Akadeum Life Sciences is up to the challenge. In a relatively short time, the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe. This novel virus was first noted in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and arrived in the United States in January 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) called …

Blood Cell Isolation: Components of Whole Blood & RBC Separation from Whole Blood Sample

March 2020

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Blood separation is a key part of many life sciences. Researchers in clinical labs and other biotechnical roles commonly analyze blood cells, but to perform this research, whole blood must first be separated into its components. By isolating and enriching target cells from plasma, scientists can then detect diseases, study immunological functions, and further process specific cell types. Components of Whole Blood Whole blood consists of red cells, white cells, …

Microbubbles and Centrifugation: How It Works

February 2016

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Can microbubbles be pelleted by centrifugation? In short, no. At least, not a pellet that you would see at the bottom of your tube when you spin down cells. Here’s how it works.

How Many Cells Can a Microbubble Lift?

February 2016

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We hear this question all the time: How many cells can a microbubble lift? For many users, the most important questions around microbubble-based separation have to do with how many microbubbles to add to a sample. Answering this question requires getting into the total lifting capacity of a microbubble. Part of the answer derives from how a microbubble engages cells, clumps of cells, or even larger structures such as spheroids …

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