Evaluation of the Eppendorf epMotion Pipetting Tools

Technical Resource

With budgets forever tightening and patient samples being limited, reduction of repeat testing has become a common goal of almost all laboratories regardless of their operation. Many factors contribute to assay variability, one of which is instrumentation. Removing this source of error in the testing process is a tangible way of controlling and minimizing risk.  […]

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Do You Really Know What Your Robot Is Doing?

Technical Resource

It may be argued that the largest challenge presented by using a liquid handling robot is the assumption that the robot is doing what it is “supposed” to be doing. The robot may be doing exactly what the user told it to do, but is that really what the user wanted? The examples presented in […]

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Mixing It Up

Technical Resource

Mixers are great – they give us a chance to meet new people, and while some may consider them a waste of time, they can spark ideas and relationships that can change lives. In the assay world, mixers enable reagents and samples to be mixed together so that reactions can occur successfully. In this application […]

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When Do Guidelines Become Requirements?

Regulatory Update

MIQE Makes a Difference in PCR A guideline such as Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-time PCR Experiments (MIQE) is a good example of how a science-based guideline can impact customers and suppliers, becoming a kind of “voluntary regulation” which aims to improve the quality of laboratory research. Compliance with this guideline allows researchers and […]

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FDA Process Validation Guide Places New Emphasis on Understanding and Controlling Variation

Regulatory Update

The US FDA has issued revised recommendation for process validation which includes better means for understanding and controlling sources of variation. While this document refers to control of manufacturing processes, the same principles apply to measurement processes in the laboratory. In fact, it is impossible to demonstrate that a manufacturing process is in control unless […]

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