Do Gloves Impact Your Work and Health?

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While essential to ensure safety, wearing these items can sometimes be uncomfortable and annoying. But given their necessity, is there a way to make the oftentimes prolonged wearing of gloves less unwieldy? We think so. And if you’ve been impacted by Sweaty Palm Syndrome or have a new respect for those quietly battling the itch […]

Smart Fungus Among Us – Can Mushrooms Architect the Materials of the Future?

Biosensing Technology When we think of fungi – and who doesn’t when we all have so much extra time to ponder the bizarre? – we tend to think of either the mushrooms we add to our Friday night pizza or the trippy psilocybin-laden ‘magic mushrooms’ that are, we understand, enjoying something of a renaissance as […]

Double Masking in a Cleanroom?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their website today. Read about the new recommendation for Double Masking protocols. The CDC is suggesting wearing a single use disposable mask underneath a launderable cloth mask. Berkshire does not recommend bringing a launderable cloth face mask into a cleanroom, just as we don’t recommend relaundering wipers.

Revisiting the Unsanitary/Insanitary Conundrum of Custom Biopharmaceuticals

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If we were called upon to characterize last year in just two words, we would undoubtedly select unprecedented and pandemic as the most obvious watchwords of 2020. And at this point in time their definition is abundantly clear. But, as we start 2021, a couple of terms have resurfaced that apparently remain somewhat opaque, among […]

Cleanroom News: Top 5 Articles of 2020

All year we have brought you stories that inform, inspire, and uplift, some – we hope – even bringing you a wry smile. Last year, our ‘Best of…’ saw research on India’s lunar lift off, Apple’s super-fast A12 bionic chipset, and the thrifty romance of lab-grown diamonds. This year, the trend is for our primers […]

Reptiles to the Rescue: Could Dragon’s Blood Offer Ancient Antidotes?

We talk a lot about vaccines these days, and for good reason. But it’s easy to forget that, even in the excitement swirling around COVD-19 vaccine development, other bio-medical research is quietly also being conducted in our nation’s cleanrooms and laboratories. So we’re going to take a mini ‘Pandemic Pause’ today and shift the focus […]

COVID versus Camelid: Do Nanobodies Do a Body Good?

Very occasionally a story emerges that stops us in our tracks and gives us pause for reflection. This year has seen its fair share of those, it must be admitted, because 2020 has – by anyone’s measure – been quite the year. And so it is again that today’s pandemic ponderings revolves around cleanroom COVID-19 research but […]

What is the Future for the Flying Car?

Terrafugia or Terre Firme? One of the few experiences we didn’t think we’d miss in our ‘new normal’ is that of commercial airline travel. After all, it’s hard to refute the idea that, during the last decade or so, the erstwhile ‘friendly skies’ are simply no longer, well… friendly any more. With increased ticket prices, decreased legroom, […]

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