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surgical mask and sanitizer spray bottle
Zak Mason
Updated Nov 04, 2022

As the 2022-2023 flu season begins, hospitals across North America have reported increased cases and severity compared to past years. 

5 min read

Norgen scientist holding row of columns ready for automation
Zakaria Haj-Ahmad
Oct 26, 2022

Over the past few years, the need for rapid, sensitive molecular diagnostics has increased dramatically.

3 minutes, 55 seconds read

arial view of wastewater treatment facility
Sohaib Siddiqui
Oct 06, 2022

Have you ever wondered what happens to the toilet water after you flush? Or where your shower water goes? This water...

3 minutes, 55 seconds read

Norgen scientist wearing PPE observing saliva sample
Nikola Breberina
Sep 13, 2022

A human mouth contains over 20 billion bacteria that reproduce roughly every five hours. That means if someone doesn’t brush their teeth for 24 hours, they will have over 100 billion bacteria living in their mouth!

3 minutes, 42 seconds read

Norgen scientist observing 50 cc urine collection and preservation device
Nikola Breberina
Aug 22, 2022

Preservation of urine samples is a hot topic, as many experiments involve collection of urine at an ancillary site and transportation or storage before it can be processed in the lab

3 minutes, 35 seconds read

cross section of plum with plum pox virus (PPV)
The Norgen Team
Jul 11, 2022

Plum pox is a devastating viral disease that threatens Niagara’s stone fruit industry. The disease is caused by the plum pox virus (PPV) of the genus Potyvirus. Plants that are susceptible to PPV include peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots.

1 minute, 30 seconds read

Norgen scientist in the lab holding fecal sample in centrifuge tube
Sohaib Siddiqui
May 13, 2022

Don't look now, but you're outnumbered by a factor of more than 10 to 1. You might not know it, but your body is basically an apartment building for a wide variety of microbes.

7 minutes read

fecal sample in centrifuge tube
Lea Milkin
May 03, 2022

In recent times, microbiome studies have rapidly increased in popularity, ranging in application from cancer to weight loss...

4 min read

3 Norgen scientists observing plasma/serum sample
Regan Bak
Apr 26, 2022

You are finally ready to start a new experiment with plasma or serum – congratulations! But what kind of data should you be expecting?

5 min read

x-ray of human chest
Nikola Breberina
Mar 25, 2022

Did you know that Infections caused by bacteria remain one of the leading causes of death in lower-middle-income countries?

3 min read

Norgen scientist in the laboratory
Iva Laska
Mar 09, 2022

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a cancer of the blood that develops in the plasma cells in bone marrow. Plasma cells assist the immune system by producing antibody proteins as a  response to bacterial infections. 

8 min read

black and white family photograph with the grandmother in the center of frame in full colour
Zak Mason
Feb 09, 2022

Exosomes are a relatively recent discovery in medical history, having only been discovered independently in 1983. Six years before their discovery...

7 min read