Best Laboratory Practices – What, Why and When
In the many years that we have been working with students and researchers we have noticed a common trend. There are certain fundamental laboratory techniques that very few people are taught, but almost everybody is expected to know. Like most things in life, what appears simple is usually more complex and there are subtle details that, if you know them, can greatly improve your results. In this newsletter series, we are going to discuss some “best practices” for some common laboratory equipment including pipettes, balances, centrifuges, and pH meters.
Many of these suggestions are found on the web and there are a lot of great resources out there. However, what we have found missing in these resources is not so much what to do, but why you need to do it as well as when it is important. Utilizing our experience in instrumentation design as well as our engineering resources we will try our best to communicate not only what each best practice is, but why it is needed as well as when it is important to use.