Automated liquid handling continues to play a central role in laboratory automation. These robots rapidly, tirelessly, and accurately perform a range of tedious liquid-handling tasks, such as assay setup, plate filling, plate washing, and hit picking. They carry out these functions on liquid vessels that range from standard test tubes to 1536-well plates, and they benefit researchers in such diverse fields as drug discovery, genomics, proteomics, and clinical research.1

Automated liquid handling technology has changed considerably since The Scientist last examined it in 1999.2 Manufacturers have improved and modified existing automated liquid handlers to adapt to the customers' rapidly evolving needs, incorporating cutting-edge technology, and applying the practical experience gained over the past few years.

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Diligent & Tireless: Liquid-handling robots automate the day-to-day tedium of lab work, performing such tasks as plate filling and washing and assay setup, as well as DNA preparation and...

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