The Critical Role of Liquid Handling in Effective Assay Transfer

Top Tips to Facilitate Assay Transfer Within and Across Laboratories

The accuracy and precision of liquid handling instruments, such as pipettes and automated liquid handlers, cannot be taken for granted. Errors in liquid delivery can often go unnoticed, undocumented or misunderstood, and can come from a variety of sources, such as the liquid handling instruments, operators and environmental conditions in the laboratory. These errors can propagate during assay transfer and significantly affect results.

To prevent liquid handling problems and guarantee successful assay transfer, a laboratory can follow three basic steps: understand the assay, implement regular verification and calibration checks of liquid handling instrumentation, and develop detailed documentation.

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