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Standardizing Gut Microbiome Studies
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Jan 24, 2024 | 2 min read
NIST has spent years developing a human fecal reference material.
Setting Standards for Stool
Aparna Nathan, PhD | Jan 19, 2024 | 10+ min read
Microbiome studies have yielded hundreds of ideas for ways to detect and influence human health, but the field struggles with reproducibility challenges that hamper bringing these goals to fruition. Identical tubes of fecal matter should help.
The Community-Wide Effort to Standardize QA/QC for Metabolomics and Lipidomics
The Scientist | Apr 27, 2021 | 1 min read
Perspectives on the basics and future of QA/QC
Want to Boost Reproducibility? Get Another Lab Involved
Jim Daley | Feb 22, 2018 | 4 min read
Including as few as two labs in a study improved the odds of getting the true effect size by as much as 23 percentage points, according to a replication model.
Genome Sequencing Standards
Kerry Grens | May 18, 2015 | 1 min read
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology develops a reference sample to check the validity of genetic sequences.
Opinion: Standards Needed
Gary Magnant | Sep 18, 2013 | 2 min read
The success of genome sequencing hinges on technology standardization and coordinated efforts among scientists, bioinformaticians, and physicians.
Stricter Stem Cell Guidelines Sought
Chris Palmer | Jul 24, 2013 | 2 min read
A new working group is seeking to define rigorous standards for the study of mesenchymal stem cells.
Redefining the Kilogram
Bob Grant | Jul 5, 2012 | 2 min read
Scientists have crafted two new definitions for the common unit of mass. The fight to pick the best one is getting nasty.