Recent Articles

July 3, 2014 4:49 pm
Frank Lynch
For over 60 years, the ATA has been led by passionate members whose belief in the mission of the life science community, and specifically that of the animal care professional, is uncompromising. These industry giants are the architects of cutting edge technologies that have spurred a plethora of innovations that have helped to advance research and the humane care of the laboratory animal.
July 3, 2014 4:43 pm
Shanon D. Jones and Christopher Kiley, PE
By definition, alkaline hydrolysis is a chemical process where the reaction of elevated pH breaks down animal carcasses or cadavers into a liquid form. This process was first recorded in the 1800s by Amos Herbert. His original patent called for elevated temperatures, the addition of 5-10% potash (or other caustic) of the animal weight, and a form of agitation.
July 8, 2014 8:25 am
Employee involvement in all aspects of a safety and health program benefits both the employees and management. The front line employees have experienced and seen issues and problems that might not otherwise be recognized by management. It also serves as a bridge of understanding for actions taken by the employer in terms of heath and safety.
July 1, 2014 8:13 am
Kim Seeling Smith
Like a workplace Neapolitan ice cream, employees typically come in three distinct “flavors”: your Critical People, the Squeaky Wheels and the Fat Middle. When you recognize the “flavor” of the individual employee, and prioritize your time accordingly, you position them for the highest potential for success—for themselves and for the company.
June 27, 2014 4:50 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.
June 25, 2014 8:26 am
Frank Razzaboni
In 1996, I made the transition from the world of laboratory science to the business side of laboratory animal science. One of my first projects was to assist a university investigator in a task unrelated to this article. However while at the customer site, I observed light/dark cycle experiments being performed in an adjacent laboratory and was intrigued at the device the investigator had fabricated.
June 24, 2014 10:35 am
Information is the lifeblood for proper decision making. Equally important to collection of information is its subsequent management.                                                   
June 23, 2014 1:42 pm
Vicki Lanphier
The most important criteria to consider when selecting an automated watering system is how capable it will be at delivering quality drinking water that is free of variables that could otherwise compromise the research outcomes of the investigators. The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals states, “animals should have access to potable, uncontaminated drinking water according to their particular requirements.”
June 18, 2014 8:31 am
Dan Rothen, DVM, Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS, and Marcel Perret-Gentil, DVM, MS
The field of biomedical research has been using mice and rodents as the bulk of their animal populations for decades, with the first transgenic mouse having been created in 1980. When the mouse genome was first sequenced and published in 2002, it allowed for an explosion of mouse research related to genetic manipulation and the creation of transgenic lines of animals.
June 17, 2014 11:43 am
Richard J. Bryan
Your business doesn’t run itself. The quality of your organization depends on the quality of your team—a motivated, energized staff is the key to companywide success. You want A Players, those colleagues who contribute disproportionately to the advancement and profitability of the organization.
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