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Opinion: Consult Researchers When Designing Lab Buildings
Disconnects between end users and architects create additional costs and suboptimal design decisions. Here’s how to rectify that.
Opinion: Consult Researchers When Designing Lab Buildings
Opinion: Consult Researchers When Designing Lab Buildings

Disconnects between end users and architects create additional costs and suboptimal design decisions. Here’s how to rectify that.

Disconnects between end users and architects create additional costs and suboptimal design decisions. Here’s how to rectify that.

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Supply Shortages Hit Life Science Labs Hard
Shawna Williams | Apr 21, 2021 | 6 min read
The pandemic continues to make it difficult for researchers to get reagents and other materials in high demand for COVID-19 research and testing, threatening experiments’ progress and scientists’ careers.
Tour the Applewhite Lab
The Scientist Staff | Mar 9, 2021 | 1 min read
Cell biologist Derek Applewhite gives a peek inside his laboratory at Reed College.
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Automating NGS Library Prep
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Liquid handlers specialized for next-generation sequencing (NGS) automate nucleic acid extraction and library preparation from microbiome samples.
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California Wildfire Beaten Back, for Now, on Famous Mt. Wilson
Ashley Yeager | Sep 16, 2020 | 2 min read
The mountain is home to two historic telescopes and many other scientific instruments, along with a billion dollars’ worth of broadcast transmission towers.
Image of the Day: Huo-Yan Air Lab
Amy Schleunes | Apr 9, 2020 | 1 min read
An inflatable biosafety laboratory may help meet the global need for testing infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Importance of Good Pipetting Practices
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Good pipetting practices ease researcher burdens and boost data reproducibility.
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 25, 2019 | 3 min read
Britain’s largest university aims to eliminate single-use plastics, in the lab and elsewhere around campus, by 2024. How exactly the institution plans to meet that goal is yet to be determined.
Murphy on AI for Biology
The Scientist Staff | Apr 30, 2019 | 1 min read
See Robert Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University discuss the revolutionary application of machine learning to biomedical research.
The Past, Present, and Future of Lab Balances
Sartorius | 4 min read
A conversation with Dirk Ahlbrecht from Sartorius about where lab balance technology is headed in the 21st century
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018 | 3 min read
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Ruth Williams | Dec 31, 2017 | 1 min read
The instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.
Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time
Jenny Rood | Sep 8, 2016 | 3 min read
As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.
Lab Legos
Kerry Grens | Jul 20, 2016 | 2 min read
3-D printed components allow researchers to construct custom-made instruments.
Top 10 Runners Up
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2015 | 1 min read
Meet some of the products that nearly cracked the Top 10 Innovations of 2015.
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Kerry Grens | Nov 24, 2015 | 1 min read
One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.
Opinion: Bioinformatics Software: A Buyer’s Guide
David R. Smith | Sep 2, 2014 | 6 min read
How to choose programs that suit your lab’s ’omics analysis needs
Lab Tubes Contaminated with Virus
Kerry Grens | Sep 20, 2013 | 3 min read
A novel virus thought to have come from human samples appears to have been derived from seawater during the manufacture of tubes used to extract DNA.  
Biology Hacklabs
Megan Scudellari | Mar 1, 2013 | 7 min read
Fueled by donations, sweat, and occasional dumpster diving, community laboratories for DIY biologists are cropping up around the country.
Campaign Fights Lab Sloppiness
Jef Akst | Sep 28, 2011 | 2 min read
"Scientists Against Sample Abuse" aims to raise awareness about the importance of consistency when it comes to handling biological samples.
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