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Why Automation Is a Necessity for Clinical Diagnostics
Bringing Fluency to Clinical Diagnostics Through Automation 
Automated liquid handling workstations offer flexibility for a wide range of application and process needs.
Bringing Fluency to Clinical Diagnostics Through Automation 
Bringing Fluency to Clinical Diagnostics Through Automation 

Automated liquid handling workstations offer flexibility for a wide range of application and process needs.

Automated liquid handling workstations offer flexibility for a wide range of application and process needs.

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liquid-containing tube labeled Laboratory Test Wastewater Sample SARS-CoV-2
Sewage Sampling Robots Speed SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2021 | 3 min read
An automated wastewater monitoring technique could enable researchers to predict outbreaks of the virus up to a week in advance.
Infographic: How to Ferret Out SARS-CoV-2 in Sewage
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2021 | 1 min read
Researchers use magnetic nanoparticles and liquid-handling robots in an effort to detect COVID-19 outbreaks early.
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How (Not) to Do an Antibody Survey for SARS-CoV-2
Catherine Offord | Apr 28, 2020 | 10+ min read
Preprints from the first round of seroprevalence studies indicate that many more people have been infected with the virus than previously reported. Some of these studies also have serious design flaws.
False Negatives in Quick COVID-19 Test Near 15 Percent: Study
Lisa Winter | Apr 21, 2020 | 3 min read
Abbott’s ID NOW test missed the most positive samples among five products given the green light by the FDA to use during the pandemic.
Image of the Day: Viral Transport Rescue
Amy Schleunes | Apr 20, 2020 | 1 min read
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is supplying local hospitals and the state with key ingredients needed for COVID-19 testing.
Logistical Hurdles Leave COVID-19 Test Kits Unused
Amy Schleunes | Apr 10, 2020 | 2 min read
Scientists at academic labs equipped to test for SARS-CoV-2 report that multiple barriers are preventing from them from operating at full capacity.
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.
Image of the Day: Coronavirus Samples
Amy Schleunes | Mar 18, 2020 | 1 min read
The University of Washington department of laboratory medicine in Seattle processes a backlog of COVID-19 samples.
Variation in Cannabis Testing Challenges a Young Industry
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 1, 2020 | 10 min read
The US lacks standardized methods to assess products for potency and safety. That’s a big problem for the labs tasked with doing the testing.
Snapshot of the repairing experiment on a human tooth
Image of the Day: Enamel Repair
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 3, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists engineered a new material that could be developed for use in treating tooth decay.
Top 10 Innovations 2016
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2016 | 10+ min read
This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.
Theranos in Hot Water with CMS
Bob Grant | Jan 29, 2016 | 2 min read
The blood-testing company must respond to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ allegations of substandard conditions at one of its labs.
Diagnostics Group Refutes FDA’s Concerns
Kerry Grens | Dec 17, 2015 | 1 min read
The Association for Molecular Pathology finds fault in the agency’s report on safety issues associated with certain lab tests.
FDA: Lab Tests Can Cause Harm
Tracy Vence | Nov 17, 2015 | 2 min read
The US Food and Drug Administration cites cases in which laboratory-developed tests “may have caused or have caused actual harm to patients.”
FDA Gets Into the Lab Test Game
Bob Grant | Aug 4, 2014 | 2 min read
So-called laboratory-developed tests will eventually face regulations similar to those that currently govern diagnostic tests or kits that are sold to hospitals.
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