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Frozen Assets: Securing Your Biobank’s Financial Sustainability

Biorepository and biobank sustainability can be a balancing act. It requires managing a biobank’s operational, social, and financial obligations to remain effective and competitive...

Will New Model Organisms Lead to Scientific Discovery?

Most laboratory research takes place in only a handful of model organisms, with mice, fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), the nematode C. elegans, E. coli,...

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...

6 Factors to Consider When Starting a Laboratory

Starting a new lab is an exciting venture, full of promise, creativity, and new discoveries. It’s also not the easiest thing to accomplish. Considerable...

Tips for Planning Labwork

One of the primary skills a scientist should have is planning and organizing their work. Multiple experiments often need to be carried out simultaneously...

How to Re-Label Cryogenically Stored Legacy Vials

Implementing a new laboratory information management system (LIMS) isn’t a one-step process; it involves buy-in from the entire lab to reorganize inventory and workflow...

11 Tips for Maintaining Laboratory Equipment

One of the most frustrating things that can happen in the lab is taking freshly prepared samples to an instrument and discovering that it's...

3 Tips to Ensure Your Labels Can Stand the Heat

Most scientists are used to working with heat. Here, we’ll review some of the factors to consider prior to choosing labels for containers that...

9 Common Labeling Pitfalls to Avoid in the Lab

There are many ways to label samples in the lab, though some of these may not be particularly efficient. Here, we’ll review common labeling...

5 Tips for Cleaning the Lab

Though scientists are exceptionally smart and resourceful people, they aren’t always the neatest. I’ve walked into many labs where the area around the weigh...

11 Quick Tips for Maintaining Mammalian Cell Lines

Employing mammalian cell lines is crucial in life science research, especially with new, more relevant models of disease engineered with induced pluripotent stem cells...

How to Prevent Contamination in the Lab

Everyone’s had their run-ins with contamination in the lab. There are two main types of contamination—biological (bacteria or fungi) and chemical—both of which can...

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Sharing Biospecimen Data: Legal & Ethical Considerations

There is a growing movement internationally to improve access to research data, as well as sharing biospecimen data stored by biobanks and biorepositories. Sharing...

6 Handy Solutions for Handwriting Labels in Your Lab

This blog may be controversial. If you are a subscriber of our blog, you already know about our contempt for handwritten labeling. They are...

The History and Function of Biobanks

Biorepositories are facilities that collect, process, store, and distribute biological samples to aid scientific research. There are a variety of different biorepositories, broken down...

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...