Health Ranger science lab tour: See the liquid handling automation robot from CWC Labs
03/07/2017 // Mike Adams // Views

I've been working hard in the lab these last few weeks, scripting liquid handling automation solutions for our new liquid handling robot. This is all part of my groundbreaking work on cannabinoid analysis and quantitation using extremely accurate mass spec instrumentation to quantify the concentration of CBD molecules found in the sample being tested. (This includes CBD, CBD-A, THC, CBG, and so on.)

Most labs currently use UV detection which is orders of magnitude less sensitive than mass spec detection. But in order to achieve the kind of laboratory consistency that matches the detection sensitivity of our instruments, we have to use automated liquid handling systems (i.e. a "robot") for sample prep and standards prep.

As you'll see in the video below, this robot is used for automating many different processes in the lab, including preparation of external standards, sample dilutions and preparation, carrying out serial dilutions and much more.

To make this system work, I had to use CAD software to design the 2mL vial trays you see in the video. After designing the trays, I printed them on a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer, which is the same printer I also use to print parts for the Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow System we released over a year ago. (A non-electric, self-watering, non-circulating hydroponic food grow system.)


Check out the video here to see the liquid handling automation robot in action, working with methanol:

Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called "Food Forensics"), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics.

Mike Adams also serves as the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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