By – Randall Whitman, President, Advanced Biotechnologies Inc Another Labor Day Weekend is upon us. I have to admit that for most of my life it has just been a holiday that marked the end of the summer. Usually I don’t want to go anywhere for this holiday since, no matter if I choose to go west to the mountains, or east to the ocean, the traffic is horrific. This year I’m not going anywhere either. But I am definitely looking forward to not laboring on Labor Day. It’s been a very busy year. I’ve worked hard, and it’s good
By Collin Myers, Technical Writer/Marketing Assistant The World Health Organization (WHO) has released figures showing that the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus has killed 1,013 people and infected 1,848. Outdated, traditional methods of suppressing the virus, such as wearing protective gear and contact tracing, have been mostly ineffective. But perhaps the biggest factor in the recent spread of Ebola has more to do with economic issues than medical and health care-related anomalies, as the virus has been ravaging poor villages in Western Africa, leading WHO and other worldwide medical and scientific organizations to question the method of treatment and the
By Randy Whitman, President i. Some of the names of the physicians and medical institutions in this article have been changed to protect their privacy. ii. The point of this blog is not to scare people, or convince anyone NOT to have Cataract surgery or any other potentially helpful surgical procedure. That’s not my intent. My intent is to share with you a personal experience.
By Collin Myers, Technical Writer/Marketing Assistant I grew up in a small Maryland town smack dab between two rivers – the Severn and the Magothy. During the insufferable months of summer, when the humidity is so thick that it can make everyone’s breathing sound asthmatic and laborious, I remember constantly being under attack by mosquitoes. In Maryland, our major insectile nemesis is the Japanese Tiger Mosquito. These mosquitoes are larger in size than any other mosquito I’ve ever seen – they have long black legs and their backs are covered in white spots. Nowadays, in the evenings, I have a
By Collin Myers, Technical Writer Around this time last summer, some friends and I were eagerly anticipating a two week European vacation. At that point I’d never travelled outside the USA, but couldn’t wait to land in Frankfurt and leave all my troubles and stresses thousands of miles behind me across the Atlantic. Shortly before takeoff, as the plane glided around the runways of JFK, the pilot’s voice crackled on the loudspeaker, alerting passengers of a system malfunction with the plane’s wheels. We began backtracking to our terminal so the mechanics could fix the problem. After a half hour delay,
By Tia Douglass, Scientist, Cell Biology I first started working with AIDS at a hospital in Baltimore, where I volunteered as a candy-stripe. Nurses, doctors, and other colleagues at the hospital were kind enough to educate me, enhancing my understanding of the disease. During my time at the hospital, I encountered an HIV-positive AIDS patient who I had to feed and care for. Back then I was scared of contracting the disease. I even took extra precaution to avoid contact with bodily fluids. Like any young up and coming professional, I wanted to do everything in my power to preserve
At last, winter is finally over. The snow has completely melted and the sun feels warmer every day. To kick off the long overdue return of spring, ABI is once again attending this year’s Clinical Virology Symposium (CVS) in sunny Daytona Beach, Florida. Those of you also attending this year’s tradeshow should be sure to stop by booth #431 and participate in our Name the DNA/RNA Virus Challenge for a chance to win a prize compliments of ABI. We hope to see you there! Visit our booth to learn more about our newest product line, Quantitated Viral Load Controls (QVLCs),
By Diana Vacchiano, Marketing Coordinator Now that I’m back at work after three full months of maternity leave, I’ve started to create a whole new routine for myself. I used to take my breaks at my own leisure and could do as I pleased with them: take a walk outside, call my mother in Pennsylvania, mosey into the kitchen for a cup of coffee and a break from the computer. But now that I am committed to breastfeeding, I have to pump three times a day at the same time everyday on top of nursing my child in the morning