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Using Specimen Tracking Systems in Histology/Pathology to Improve Efficiency

Pathology and histology labs process a large volume of specimens on a daily basis. These specimens need to be properly identified to ensure patients...

Tissue Microarrays: A New Tool for Pathology Labs

Modern technologies allow for the identification of DNA/RNA and protein markers that might be useful in disease classification and drug development. However, conventional slide-by-slide...

The Digitization of the Lab: Trends and Best Practices

Research labs generate vast amounts of digital data that needs to be recorded, analyzed, and shared. Handling this amount of data manually and in...

How Automation Impacts Every Step of the Biobanking Process

With ever-increasing demand, biobanks are turning to automation to help maintain sample integrity and to uphold their demanding standards of specimen tracking. Automation can...

COVID-19 and the Rise of Automation

Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 samples which need to be tracked, tested, and recorded, are generated daily. This phenomenon has propelled a new wave...

Highlights from SLAS Sample Management Symposium 2019

The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) recently held their second Sample Management Symposium in Boston, MA. I was there on behalf of...

Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Working in a Busy Lab

When working in a lab, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by excessive workloads. Clinical labs are regularly inundated with patient specimens, while biomedical research...

How to Avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries in the Lab

Repetitive stress injury (RSI) is a serious condition that’s frequently associated with lab work. The daily routine of pipetting and other repetitive...

How AI is Reshaping Pathology and Histology

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing new technologies of the last couple of years. As computing power has increased, so has...

Making Tube Labeling Easier with Automation

Many labs are inundated with a high volume of samples on a regular basis. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology labs can process thousands of samples daily,...

What You Should Know About Automation in Histology

Histology has evolved considerably since its beginnings in the 17th century, with advances in both specimen processing and analysis. Consequently, histology departments now face increasingly...

The Scope of Labeling Errors in the Clinic – Part 2

Healthcare institutions tend to use diverse systems for labeling specimens, each incorporating fail-safes at different levels of collection and processing. Many hospitals practice the Swiss cheese...

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4 Tips for Managing & Maintaining Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers

Freezer maintenance is one of the most critical aspects of laboratory management, with so much riding on the various samples stored for long periods...

What to Look for in a Custom Label

It is possible that, when initiating a new laboratory application or SOP, current methods of sample identification do not meet the new requirements of...

Tips for Improving Label Adhesion Performance

Sample identification systems are an integral part of all laboratory workflows. Optimized systems typically rely on either barcode and/or RFID labels; however, without the...

4 Tips for Creating Label Templates

Once an appropriate type of label is chosen, it’s important to perform the proper setup procedures. To do this, label templates, customized to the...