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Mar 20

Ultrasensitive immunoassays using single molecule counting technology

Traditional ELISA-based immunoassays have struggled to determine baseline endogenous concentrations for many biomarkers. The Erenna® Immunoassay System is based on the same principles as a plate-based sandwich ELISA but offers 50-1000 fold greater sensitivity through a combination of microparticle bead (MB) capture and single molecule counting of fluorescently labelled detection molecules. MB’s have the dual …

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Dec 15

Keeping nitrofuran residues out of EU food

Nitrofuran antibiotics were first synthesised in the 1950’s for human use, with veterinary uses soon after. In the 1980’s concerns were raised about the carcinogenicity of nitrofurans and their metabolites. Nitrofurans are now prohibited for use in food-producing animals in most parts of the world but are still widely manufactured and authorised for other purposes. …

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Nov 21

Proficiency Testing and the fight against food fraud

The supply of food and beverages is now a massive worldwide industry generating trillions of pounds for producers, retailers and intermediaries. ‘Value’ is generally added at each stage of a product’s life and certain foods or beverages have ‘added value’ as a result of a designated geographical origin or as a result of production using …

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Aug 28

You’re invited to LGC’s end of summer barbecue!

As we near the last couple of weeks of summer, you may heating up your barbecue whilst enjoying the last few rays of sun. But do you know how safe the food is you’re eating, and do you know what’s really on the menu? LGC offers an unmatched range of standards and proficiency testing schemes, …

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Jun 11

Get ready for the LGC PT World Cup

    In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, we have created the LGC Proficiency Testing (PT) World Cup.  In the PT World Cup, the countries playing in the FIFA World Cup compete with one another based on how many laboratories that participate in our proficiency testing schemes they each have. We have mapped out …

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Apr 28

A further twenty Fromelles soldiers identified

In April 2014, defence officials confirmed that a further 20 soldiers killed in the Battle of Fromelles have been identified. Since 2009, LGC has worked closely with the Australian and British governments, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the MoD to recover and then use DNA samples to identify soldiers. The recent developments brings the total number of soldiers …

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Mar 28

Keeping sport clean

Last week, the sporting world’s leading anti-doping experts met in London where they discussed the ongoing issue of contamination in sports nutrition. Speakers at the summit included World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Director General, David Howman, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) CEO, Travis Tygart, and International Cycling Union (UCI) Director General, Martin Gibbs, and time and again …

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Jan 28

Alcohol and drug facilitated sexual assault

Today, Stephen Kayongo, Toxicology Casework Team Lead at LGC, appeared on This Morning’s regular ‘Crime Week’ to provide expert opinion during a feature on drink spiking. Drink spiking is strongly linked to drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), which refers to the use of a drug, noxious substance or chemical agent to facilitate sexual contact. It …

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Jan 20

The benefits of Marker Assisted Selection/Breeding

Last week we attended the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG), which provides a forum on the recent developments and future plans for plant and animal genome projects. At PAG LGC’s scientists provided information on LGC’s genomics offerings, including Marker Assisted Selection/Breeding (MAS/MAB). MAS is a process whereby a marker (morphological, biochemical or one based …

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Nov 18

DNA in Food and Forensics

Michael Walker, Science and Food Law Consultant with LGC, recently gave a well received talk on DNA in the McClay Library at Queens University, Belfast. The aim of the talk was to inform and update RSC and IFST members in NI on DNA topics as part of the annual lecture series run by RSC local …

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