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April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day from BioSurplus!

BioSurplus has always made a concerted effort to positively impact the communities where we do business and are mindful of our impact on the world. With that in mind, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Earth Day! By the nature of what we do, we are natural recyclers. An important part of our business is searching and acquiring pre-owned and surplus laboratory equipment. Then, we sell these to new programs looking for affordable and specific instrumentation. Without this type of effort, most lab equipment does not see the end of its useful life. Before BioSurplus, it was too difficult […]

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April 17, 2014

The Boston Marathon Bombings – One Year Later

This Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic bombings at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Boston is one of the largest cities in the United States, and its marathon one of the most beloved and well-known sporting events in the world.  The two home-made bombs set off by the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, shook the city to its core while unifying and bringing out the best in the strong people that proudly call Boston home. A tribute ceremony was held at the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston Street on Tuesday afternoon, featuring […]

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April 11, 2014

Outfitting A Start-Up Lab – Interview With BioSurplus’ Jim Hower

One of the things we take great pride in at BioSurplus is our ability to help researchers and entrepreneurs set up new labs from scratch at affordable prices. We carry all the equipment needed to set up a basic biological R&D lab, including cabinets, centrifuges, microscopes, pipettors, cold storage and small benchtop items such as water baths, vortexers and many others. In a typical scenario, a customer will come to us with an equipment wish list and one of our experienced sales team members will help them find the right equipment to meet their needs. In his five-plus years at […]

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April 7, 2014

The Winner of Our St. Patrick’s Day Microscope Raffle Is…

We would first like to thank all of our customers who were able to make it out to our St. Patrick’s Day Open House this year. Unfortunately, our raffle can only have one winner. Our lucky winner of the VWR VistaVision microscope raffle went to Celina Chang, Associate Director of Laboratory Operations at LabCentral, and we are ecstatic to see the microscope go somewhere it will have the opportunity to impact many varying types of research! LabCentral’s mission is to help furnish the next generation of biotech companies by providing innovators and entrepreneurs with the start-up space and resources required […]

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April 4, 2014

Video: Mass Spec At BioSurplus

A mass spectrometer, or mass spec, is an instrument that ionizes or electrically charges molecules in a sample, and then measures and counts them.  This process consists of four steps:  ionization, acceleration, deflection and detection.  Mass specs themselves are composed of three main parts:  an ion source, a mass detector, and an analyzer. (Click here or on the image below to watch the video) BioSurplus carries a wide variety of mass specs, from older models to extremely sophisticated newer machines.  These include older ABI models, AB Sciex 5500s, Thermo LTQs, and models from Shimadzu and Agilent. In order to help […]

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April 3, 2014

Video: Microscopes At BioSurplus

Microscope technology has advanced tremendously since the first compound microscopes of the 1500’s.  Confocal, electron, and dark field microscopes are some of the instruments now available that open a window into the form and function of the tiniest of the tiny of the physical world. (Click here or on the image below to watch the video) Compound microscopes are still the most common variety, and BioSurplus carries a wide variety of them from the best manufacturers, including Leica, Zeiss, Olympus and VWR.  We also carry extremely sophisticated microscopes and offer unbeatable cost savings over new equipment pricing. To help you […]

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March 31, 2014

Video: Plate Readers At BioSurplus

Plate readers, also known as microplate readers, are lab instruments that allow researchers to detect physical, chemical or biological changes within samples on a multi-well plate.  The instruments use light to measure absorbance, fluorescence and luminescence, and are available in single and multi-mode models. (Click here or on the image below to watch the video) In this video, which we’ve produced to help you make informed buying decisions, BioSurplus’ Antonio Johnson discusses the different types of plate readers available as well as the factors to consider when choosing a make and model. We’ve also posted an in-depth article that covers […]

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March 28, 2014

Video: Flow Cytometers At BioSurplus

Flow cytometers are common lab instruments used to count and sort cells labeled with a fluorescent dye or similar marker.  The instruments come in two basic types:  the cell counter, which simply counts the labeled cells, and the cell sorter, which both counts and directs labeled cells into a microplate. (Click here or on the image below to watch the video) Many newer-model flow cytometers come equipped with multiple lasers, allowing them to measure more than one label at a time.  Flow cytometers vary in speed, with older models running between 50 and 20,000 events per second, or EPS, and […]

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March 27, 2014

Synthetic Biology in Action

Bridging the gap between the living and nonliving world to create “living materials” is a concept that fuels a substantial amount of research in synthetic biology today. The goal is to tap into biological systems with the hope of finding solutions for human problems. Bacteria may offer us a powerful platform to discover those very solutions due to their ability to store data, clean dangerous waste, produce film-like images, and even make renewable fuel. The applications and implications within synthetic biology are very wide-reaching and even has the potential to impact the security of our energy, water and food! Well, […]

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March 21, 2014

fMRI – Jack Belliveau And The First Image Of Human Brain Function

Last month I wrote an article about Patient H.M. and the new findings recently published by UCSD researcher Jacopo Annese.  H.M. or Henry Molaison, as you may recall, suffered from a rare form of amnesia caused when a neurosurgeon removed his hippocampus in a procedure designed to alleviate severe epileptic seizures. After the operation, H.M. was unable to form new memories, and became one of the most studied subjects in the history of neuroscience. When Henry Molaison died in 2009, his brain was left to the Brain Observatory at UCSD.  Its founder, Dr. Annese, performed a marathon dissection of H.M.’s […]

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