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Lab Induced Repetitive Strain Injury

The pipette is a key tool in the lab.  The typical lab technician spends an average of 500 hours per year undertaking pipetting activities.  This equates to approximately 2 hours per day.  It is a little wonder therefore that lab…

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Lab Automation Limitations

The benefits of lab automation have and continue to be shared.  There is plenty of justification to do so and a lot of work behind it to verify the benefits accordingly.  At the same time though, it’s important to consider…

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Common Causes of Errors in the Lab

The financial cost of lab errors has been estimated at $180,000 per annum.  Two-thirds of all medical decisions rely on lab testing. Subsequently, errors can cause delays in diagnosis and treatment as well as patients receiving incorrect treatments. Mitigating against…

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Forensic DNA Extraction

DNA analysis is a cornerstone component of modern forensic science. The United States Department of Justice defines forensic science as a "critical element of the criminal justice system." In recent years, the power of DNA has been harnessed to generate…

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Why Automate Your Nucleic Acid Extraction

A lot is said about nucleic acid extraction and rightly so.  It is defined as the “first step of any amplification experiment, no matter what the amplification is used to detect a specific pathogen.”   An article by JH Shin in…

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Cross-Contamination in Labs: Causes & Avoidance

Cross-contamination is routinely spoken about across labs and can be a massive headache waiting to happen.  To start off, it’s important to define it.  Simply put, cross-contamination is defined as an unintentional transfer of an unwanted impurity from one sample…

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