Recent Articles

October 23, 2014 12:13 pm
When someone says I don’t like my job, there’s little hope of retaining that employee, right? Not necessarily, there’s a fair chance that I don’t like my job reflects feelings of discontent rather than a clear picture of dissatisfaction, and a decision to leave would be premature. In the next few weeks, we'll cover common employee complaints and suggestions on how to address these issues. Up this week: frustration about lack of resources.
October 16, 2014 4:47 pm
Elizabeth Doughman
Given reports that Ebola has spread from the sick to health care professionals in Dallas, TX due to errors in containment procedure, I thought this would be a good time to review containment for animal research facilities. Biocontainment can be small (cage-sized) to large (room-sized), but no matter the size, is set up to prevent the escape of airborne biological hazards. Here are some factors to remember when thinking about containment.
October 17, 2014 8:10 am
Elizabeth Doughman
The use of cages and racks, and their associated accessories and cage wash equipment continue to be used in the majority of animal research facilities, according to a September 2014 survey conducted by ALN World. Ninety-five percent of respondents use cages in their facility, while 83% indicated that they use racks and 83% use cage and rack washers in their vivarium.
October 15, 2014 8:44 am
Veronica Redaelli, Giuliano Grignaschi and Fabio Luzi
Researchers at Milan University and Mario Negri Institute in Italy have developed an alternative method for body temperature measurement, using infrared thermography (IRT) in nude mice. In the future, the thermographic technique could be optimised in order to detect temperature of the animals in the least invasive way possible.
October 10, 2014 12:17 pm
The goal in the classical Japanese Zen arts is to achieve mastery through spiritual practice. In recent years, many attempts have been made to bring this kind of Zen thinking to the West. Theoretically, the spiritual practice of Zen could be brought to bear on any sort of endeavor. Why not to the art of management?
October 8, 2014 9:14 am
Laura E Kelly and Helen Kelly
New research shows that your health is related not only to what you eat but to what your grandparents ate, what your parents ate, and what you ate in the earliest days of your life—with more discreet differences based on your gender plus your genetic profile and your particular array of gut microbes.
October 7, 2014 10:54 am
Helen Kelly
How do different cell types remember their identities over many cell generations? Leonie Ringrose heads a group at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna that aims to illuminate the behaviour of protein groups charged with this task. And she is so excited by the work—by the biology of life—she wants everyone to delight in science.
October 7, 2014 8:10 am
Walt Grassl
Do you know someone who is very comfortable doing a job that has no leadership dimension, even though you just know they will thrive as a leader? Many of them have a condition that is sometimes referred to as Altitude Sickness. This is not the medical condition, which occurs when you are at high altitudes and cannot get enough oxygen. This Altitude Sickness refers to the fear of success, the fear of reaching great heights. 
October 1, 2014 3:52 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
Every organization and program goes through periods where something just doesn’t work as expected. Diminishing results, turnover, and other common problems call for creative solutions. One way to explore creative solutions is to look at best practices. While this appears to be somewhat of a buzz phrase, it can be related to industry standards.
October 1, 2014 3:54 pm
Frank Lynch
The Allied Trade Association (ATA) is an independent association of companies who sell products and services to the Laboratory Animal Research Companies and Facilities. These products and services are critical components necessary for quality animal research and encompass all aspects of research.
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