Read scientific articles, listen to webinars and watch videos on foundational life science topics and modern research applications. Webinars feature top scientists and innovative business leaders, while videos showcase new biotechnologies and how to guides for Thermo Fisher Scientific instruments and reagents. Download free application notes and learn how to extract samples, isolate analytes and deliver pure results for your research.

Battle of Sample Purification

Watch this action-packed explanation of why labs have been switching to automated sample purification. Whether starting from academic labs or biotech basements aspiring to expand, automation techniques can free up time, increase reliability and scale up your research. 


Infectious disease research solutions

Infectious disease research includes scientific studies on bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Scientists in this field work towards the development of diagnostic tests, treatment therapies, vaccine development, and innovative ways to combat these types of pathogens. Pathogens are bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.

To fully address infectious disease researchat scale, new solutions were necessary. Below you can find information and resources that help scientific communities reach a future beyond Sars-CoV-2. Reducing the spread of highly infectious and deadly diseases within the population requires viral surveillance and vaccine development. See how Thermo Fisher Scientific scientists address modern vaccine research and development workflows.

Infectious Disease Research


Infectious Disease Research Resources

Understanding the host cell response to a pathogen can include large-scale omics and discovery approaches, targeted identification of important cells and proteins involved in the immune response—all beginning with optimized preparation of your starting sample.

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Evaluation and characterization of microorganisms for STIs

Evaluation and characterization of microorganisms that cause STIs and vaginal disease to support research in syndromic effects for individuals at high risk of contracting STIs. Accurately detect a wide variety of sexually transmitted pathogens.

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Latest in lab automation

Trends in lab automation include the ability to accelerate automation in research where laborious and repetitive steps can be a bottleneck, the option to scale up or down with demand as well as versatility of lab space for flexible applications, and a movement towards optimizing end-to-end workflows. Below are resources on automated sample purification methods that can help labs save time and valuable resources.

Advantages of automation


6 reasons to automate nucleic acid research

Automated sample preparation has filled a gap that occurred when the volume of labs processing samples skyrocketed starting in 2020. But as the volume of samples requiring nucleic acid extraction and analysis grew, labor shortages occurred.

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Lab automation technologies for nucleic acid extraction

Wastewater-based disease surveillance

Wastewater-based disease surveillance is enabled by analyzing RNA within a given sample and is a useful tool for monitoring community spread of viral and bacterial pathogens. Manual processing of wastewater samples for isolation of viral and bacterial targets can be improved by pre-enrichment and detection leveraging RT-qPCR (reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction). Access more resources on wastewater surveillance and testing.

Wastewater Surveillance


Streamlined SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Monitoring

Manual and automated workflows for SARS-CoV-2 detection in wastewater samples using Applied Biosystems MagMAX Microbiome Ultra Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit and automated on the Thermo Scientific KingFisher Flex Purification System.



A Brief History of Wastewater Testing and Pathogen Detection

What if we could use wastewater to identify and address the next infectious disease, even before the community itself is aware of the concern? Wastewater surveillance is developing as a powerful tool for public health sector and one with history centuries old.

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Essential DNA extraction techniques

Starting your human microbiome research

Human microbiome research is the systematic investigation into the composition, structure and function of microbiota found in the human body. The human microbiome is made up of bacteria, fungi, archaea, protists and viruses and researchers use extraction and analysis tools to better understand a target microbe. Learn how to start your microbiome research with nucleic acid extraction articles and videos.


Mapping the Journey of Dr. Christopher Mason through the world of Microbiome

See the exciting journey through time and space with Dr. Christopher Mason. Learn where it all began and how he has taken his research to space and back.

Cancer research and preclinical studies

The field of cancer research continues to expand with new technologies. The first steps involve sample collection and sample preparation required for the extraction and purification of RNA from a liquid biopsy sample or FFPE (Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded). The articles, webinars and application notes below focus primarily on preclinical studies. These studies are often done in cancer cells either in a petri dish or in an animal such as a lab mouse. Learn about how exosomes can show early signs of normalcy or malignancy of cancer. Learn more on our cancer research resource page.

Cancer Research


RNA Extraction from Organoids and Spheroids

Organoids and spheroids are increasingly being used in many research applications, including drug discovery, toxicology, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine. Learn from our Thermo Fisher scientists about new RNA extraction methods and workflows directly from the bench.

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