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LuminUltra Will Supply 500,000 COVID-19 tests per week to Canadian Government

April 15th, 2020 Fredericton, New Brunswick – Canadian biotechnology leader LuminUltra today announced that it will provide 500,000 urgently needed COVID-19 tests per week to the Canadian federal government for use across Canada. In his press conference earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that New Brunswick-based LuminUltra is ramping up its production capacity to… Read More

Harness the power of one bacterium to remove PFAS from the environment

What are PFAS? Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of synthetic organic molecules, which are not naturally occurring in nature. Due to the strong carbon-fluorine bond present in these molecules, they are especially long-lived once released into the environment and are resistant to regular chemical remediation methods. These compounds have been commercially produced… Read More

World Water Day, 2020

A Long-Standing Tradition Since 1993, the United Nations has used World Water Day to highlight its water conservation and management work and focus the world’s attention on water issues. This year, the day is being marked on March 22. Every year, UN-Water (the United Nations water agency), chooses a specific idea to help draw attention… Read More

Keeping polar regions ecologically safe

This article was written in partnership with Seaborne Communications.   Ballast Water Management in the Arctic With a growing trend in expedition-type cruising and an increase in commercial shipping traffic navigating the Northern Sea Route and to a lesser extent the Northwest Passage, the need for the regular and accurate monitoring of a passenger vessel’s… Read More

All you need to know about qPCR

Updated January 2021 You may have heard of quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) in the news recently as the gold-standard testing method for COVID-19. But did you know that this technology can be used to test for harmful organisms in industrial processes? Identifying the presence of invasive and potentially damaging organisms in industrial processes can… Read More

The story of your data

Data gathering and analysis have become crucial across many, if not all, sectors of our economy, including the water sector. If you consider all the components of data analysis you can start to see its potential to positively impact decision making.   The overall process of data gathering and analysis generally goes like this:  … Read More

Understanding the ballast water fractions

Ballast water monitoring is vital to preventing the spread of invasive species With more than 4,000 different organisms found in a ship’s ballast water tank, it’s no surprise why ballast water monitoring is vital to preventing the spread of these invasive species, and why the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires that all sizes of ballast… Read More

Solution Highlight: GeneCount® NGS Services

Sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene LuminUltra’s GeneCount® Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) service takes microbial monitoring to the “next” level by sequencing the 16S rRNA gene, which is present in all bacteria and archaea. This gene contains sections that allow individual organisms to be differentiated from one another and classified to the genus level. Based… Read More

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