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4 Tips for Shipping Samples from Your Lab

Shipping samples is a necessary process for many laboratory facilities across the world. While some ship samples more than others, specific key SOPs should...

The Barcode at 50: Where We Are Now

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first barcode ever scanned. The barcode’s impact is felt worldwide in almost every industry, from healthcare...

3 Practical Tips for Sample Tracking in the Laboratory

Sample tracking in the laboratory can be optimized by implementing cloud-based laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and inventory management systems alongside barcode and/or RFID...

De-Identification Best Practices for Diagnostic Samples

Patient health data is an essential component of medical research. Clinical trials depend on accurate data obtained from patient databases to analyze and interpret...

Pathology Labs Using RFID to Improve Specimen Tracking

The introduction of errors is a genuine concern in the pathology lab, where preanalytical errors, specimen labeling errors, and specimen loss can all occur...

4 Reasons to Integrate RFID into Your Cryogenic Inventory Management

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has come a long way since the 70s; it’s become more prevalent in many areas, including healthcare, pharmaceutical research, and academic...

Simultaneous Implementation of Barcodes and RFID: GS1 Best Practices

Though both barcodes and RFID have been around for 50 years (longer for barcodes), it was never really possible to combine the two efficiently,...

Picket Fences & Ladders: How to Choose the Best Barcode Printing Orientation

Printing barcodes is an essential step in any lab to achieving an efficient workflow without introducing identification errors. We recommend printing barcodes with a...

The Benefits of Outfitting Your Lab with a Customized RFID Solution

For labs that depend on speed and accuracy to scan large inventories, RFID represents a drastic improvement over most conventional labeling methods. Originally conceived...

Recommendations by ISBER for Cryogenic Sample Storage & Biobanking

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) released an addendum to their Fourth Edition of ISBER Best Practices. The addendum, titled "Liquid...
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5 Features that Every Modern LIMS Should Have

Recently, labs have turned to full digitization with the intention of enhancing their ability to track everything, from samples to consumables. Thus, the use...

Why It’s Important to Include Sample Identification When Optimizing Lab Protocols

Recently, a news article on optimizing lab protocols described how several researchers at the University of Montreal decided to devise a new strategy for...

Going Green: Does Using -70°C Affect Sample Storage

Ultra-low temperature storage is a staple of laboratory life. Nearly every scientist leans on safe and protected long-term sample storage afforded by lab freezers,...

How Identification Systems Can Help Preserve Research Integrity

Maintaining research integrity is a serious issue in the field of scientific research, especially when it comes to academic research. Funded by taxpayers, there...