Albion Human Nutrition’s Research and Development department announced the opening of a new Cell Biology Laboratory that will give the company a distinct advantage in product development and comparative studies.
The new laboratory, located at Albion’s headquarters in Clearfield, Utah, will allow Albion’s researchers to rapidly gather data related to mineral transport, absorption, toxicity and efficacy through in vitro simulations.
Because cell cultures can be used to construct highly controlled models of various biological systems, the ability to evaluate such systems may reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the need for animal or human trials. Thus, Albion anticipates a reduction in cost and a faster turnaround for specific test results.
The cell lab will also be equipped with a Real-Time PCR instrument, which allows precise quantification of specific nucleic acids (DNA/RNA/genes) in a complex mixture. Quantification yields valuable clues about gene function, such as the type of cells or tissue where a gene is expressed, individual gene expression levels in a defined biological state (e.g., disease, development), and detection of an alteration in gene expression levels in response to specific biological stimuli such as a pharmacological agent. This will be beneficial for studying product cellular interactions in human gut cells.