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How to Select and Use Molecular Biological Tools (MBTs)

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Video Transcription

Dane: Hello and welcome, everyone. My name is Dane Menke. I am the digital marketing manager here at REGENESIS and Land Science. Before we get started, I have just a few administrative items to cover. Since we’re trying to keep this under an hour, today’s presentation will be conducted with the audience audio settings on mute. This will minimize unwanted background noise from the large number of participants joining us today. If the webinar or audio quality degrades, please disconnect and repeat the original login steps to rejoin the webcast.

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Today’s presentation will focus on how to select and use molecular biological tools. With that, I’d like to introduce our presenter for today. We are pleased to have with us, Dora Taggart, president of Microbial Insights. Dora received a biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, and is focused on the optimization and implementation of molecular tools for environmental remediation, microbiologically-influenced corrosion, and microbial source tracking. Since joining Microbial Insights in 2001, she has developed and commercialized over 60 different nucleic acid-based analyses. Under her direction, Microbial Insights has become a world-wide provider of molecular tools for leading consulting firms, government agencies, and academia. All right, that concludes our introduction. So now, I’ll hand things over to Dora to get us started.

Dora: All right. Thank you very much, Dane, for that kind introduction. And thank you, everyone, for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend the webinar today. As Dane mentioned, my name is Dora Taggart, and I’m the President of Microbial Insights. And today, I’m going to be talking to you about ways that we can use molecular tools to help you generate actionable data that you need for site assessment.

Before we get started, let me just briefly introduce Microbial Insights to make sure we’re on the same page. We’re a biotechnology lab that was formed in 1992 by research from Dr. David White. Our primary purpose is to progress a legacy of innovation and integrity in microbial analytics with comprehensive customer care so we can deliver actionable data that you need to reach your goal. Microbial Insights has multiple locations around the world that we can use to receive your samples, so no matter where your project is, one of our labs is usually within easy reach.

We’ve been operating for over 26 years, and we’re the leading provider in molecular services around the world. And during this time, we have accumulated a lot of microbial data. Our database that we have for microbial processes is comprised of more than 30,000 samples from all 50 states, more than 35 countries on 6 different continents. Microbial Insights is really a leader in these tools, and we can use this database to help us really put into context what does it mean when we have a certain concentration of a microorganism or a functional gene, what does that mean for our process? How do we take action on that result for our sites? And that’s some of what we’re gonna talk about in the presentation today.

Microbial Insights has worked with REGENESIS for more than 20 years looking at how our services can be compatible with the many wonderful products that they offer. As many of you know, REGENESIS has a large variety of products. Just a few of them are shown here that can be applied to your site to help you really reach your goal. So whether you’re adding HRC or 3DMe to try to simulate reductive de-chlorination or maybe you’re adding that BDI culture to enhance your Dehalococcoides populations at a site. We have tests that we can do analytically looking at those microbial populations to help you confirm that you’re getting good use of these products in the field, that you’re getting good distribution, that things are performing as you want.

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