Off The Cuff | What's the most creative way you've seen of cutting lab costs?

"Opening the lab doors to high school volunteers. It provides inspiration for them and cheap labor for us.

--Louis R. Ptak, North Wales, Pa.

"Some researchers at our facility have purchased slightly used lab equipment on eBay."

--Judith Ochrietor, Gainesville, Fla.

"Spitting in tubes in order to conserve lysozyme."

--Tom Walter, Oxford, UK

"Make it clear to both worker and spouse, that all project costs AND paycheck come from the same account."

--Emil Berberov, Lincoln, Neb.

"My lab fired me."

--Robert Varner, NJ

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