Robert L. Stevenson - Editor

Robert L Stevenson

Robert L. Stevenson, Editor, American Laboratory

Dr. Stevenson is Editor, American Laboratory. He has been involved in developing instrumentation and enabled applications since the late 1960s at firms including Varian, Altex, Bio-Rad, and TosoHaas. Dr. Stevenson has been a regular contributor to American Laboratory since its founding in 1968. He has authored more than 450 papers on new technology and applications.

E-mail: rlsteven@yahoo.com

Articles by Robert L. Stevenson

  • Science-Based Hydraulic Fracing: Review of the ACS Regional Meeting

    Science-Based Hydraulic Fracing: Review of the ACS Regional Meeting

    Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    The above headline is not a typo, since there is no “k” in “hydraulic fracturing.” This correction was just one of many misconceptions addressed in a daylong session on hydraulic stimulation of petro-... read more
  • Bioassays and Bioanalytical Method Development 2013

    Bioassays and Bioanalytical Method Development 2013

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Biotherapeutics are generally large molecules with a heterogeneous complex structure that is directly related to their ability to modulate biological reactions. This precludes defining a meaningful ... read more
  • Discovered Correlations in Databases: What To Do? Who Pays?

    Discovered Correlations in Databases: What To Do? Who Pays?

    Monday, November 11, 2013
    Systems biology, including biomarkers, is developing information, particularly correlations with disease states. Why? To date, the most commonly cited scenario is that the large databases will be ... read more
  • Results are in for the Second sbv IMPROVER Challenge on Species Translation

    Results are in for the Second sbv IMPROVER Challenge on Species Translation

    Friday, November 08, 2013
    Species translation involves searching for biological mechanisms of action (MoA) that are common to different species, in this case, humans and rats. In addition to the interesting scientific question... read more
  • Precision Medicine Will Digitize Humans, But Who Pays?

    Precision Medicine Will Digitize Humans, But Who Pays?

    Thursday, November 07, 2013
    In a serendipitous confluence of events, I was finishing the 2013 edition of Eric Topol’s book, "The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution will Create Better Health Care," ... read more
  • Methane Forensics: Controlling Methane Gas Emissions

    Methane Forensics: Controlling Methane Gas Emissions

    Wednesday, November 06, 2013
    Methane is a remarkable molecule that is the center of attention in the conflict on fracking (hydraulic stimulation of gas and petroleum production). Methane is a greenhouse gas with heat trapping ... read more
  • New Points to Consider in Genomics

    New Points to Consider in Genomics

    Friday, October 04, 2013
    As the cost of whole genome sequencing (WGS) declines, the number of human genome sequences is increasing rapidly. This is revealing new biochemistry, for example, exogenous RNA in our blood, ... read more
  • 45 Years of American Laboratory

    45 Years of American Laboratory

    Friday, October 04, 2013
    October 1988: I remember it well. My lab overlooked the parking lot at Varian Associates. We were expecting a visit from Bill Wham and Ken Halaby, the founders of American Laboratory magazine. read more
  • Rapid, Low-Cost Multiplexed Assay of Kinase Inhibition

    Rapid, Low-Cost Multiplexed Assay of Kinase Inhibition

    Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Protein kinases phosphorylate serine, threonine, and tyrosine amino acid residues in proteins. Upregulated kinase activity is found in diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and some cancers. Thus, kinase ... read more
  • Off-Label Cancer Therapeutics

    Off-Label Cancer Therapeutics

    Monday, September 23, 2013
    Eric Topol, M.D., describes the mode of action of cancer therapeutics. Most of the successful therapeutics target mutations that perturb the normal regulatory control of cell function. read more
  • Update on Reshoring the American Chemical Industry

    Update on Reshoring the American Chemical Industry

    Wednesday, September 04, 2013
    Almost a year ago, I pointed out that one of the benefits of improved production of shale gas for America is “reshoring” of the American chemical industry. The impact is particularly strong in the ... read more
  • DNA in Forensics

    DNA in Forensics

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013
    The proliferation of forensic DNA testing and databases by state and local jurisdictions was recently reported by Joseph Goldstein in The New York Times. For years, the FBI’s combined indexing system ... read more
  • Separations at the Micro Scale: Recommended Reading

    Separations at the Micro Scale: Recommended Reading

    Thursday, August 22, 2013
    Contemporary Microscale Separation Technology summarizes the development and state-of-the-art of liquid phase separation technology as of about 2010. This is a complex topic, since there are many ... read more
  • HPLC 2013, Hobart Features Educational Opportunities

    HPLC 2013, Hobart Features Educational Opportunities

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    Traditionally, the HPLC series of meetings offers a scientific program at the highest level. This draws leading researchers from around the globe. read more
  • China Catches up in Monoliths for LC

    China Catches up in Monoliths for LC

    Thursday, August 08, 2013
    Almost 20 years ago, I made my first trip to the People’s Republic of China. Over the next decade, I visited many times, working on various commercial ventures, mostly related to chromatography and ... read more
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