Pipetting is one of the most common and critical laboratory tasks, and operator technique can directly affect accuracy and precision. Dr. Carle discusses the technique of dispensing a sample from a pipette to a receptacle in detail.
During assay development it is vital to optimize the assay and determine the effects of liquid handling variability. Precision is easy to measure, and it highlights gross failures within a liquid delivery step.
Collaborative efforts require shared information. With advances in cloud technology, laboratories are reconsidering methods for data collection, storage and access. Inevitably, the dialog turns to a fundamental question: security.
With much of the world’s focus on the Ebola outbreak and the deployment of experimental medicines and vaccines, it’s worthwhile to stop for a minute and think not just about drug and vaccine efficacy, but also about their safety.
It’s puzzling that many users do not seem to care much about the actual liquid handler performance – that is, the ability of the liquid handler to transfer assay-specific target volumes with accuracy and precision.