Laboratory Etiquette

Volume 6 Issue 4 | May 2011

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Cover Story

Laboratory Etiquette

By Bernard B. Tulsi

Many lab managers still remember them from their student days—a handful of hastily stapled printouts sternly titled “Laboratory etiquette—Acceptable standards of conduct.” Those were rules to live by, and the smallest violation landed a budding laboratory scientist in front of the ticked-off chief instructor.


Laboratory Technology

Leadership and Staffing

Empowering Your Staff

In 2002, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) embarked on an educational project to leave no young manager behind.

Science Matters: Invest in Skill Building and Watch Potential Grow

Know where the safety equipment is. Don’t eat or drink on the job. Wear the right clothes. And please don’t casually pour chemicals down the drain. Such precautions may sound elementary, but these important and fundamental lab safety practices must be mastered or quality down the line could suffer.

Business Management

Laboratory Technology

Cell Culture Contamination

This is the first in a three-part series on CO2 incubation. Biological contamination is the dread of every person working with cell culture. Find out how to avoid it

Lab Product

Evolution of Chromatography Columns

The history of chromatography begins during the mid-19th century when a rudimentary version of the technique was used for the separation of plant pigments such as chlorophyll.

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Keeping Up with HPLC and UHPLC Advances

Daniel Zimmerli, associate scientist and lead of the Separation Science Point group, discusses how his team uses high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ultra-high performance (or pressure) LC (UHPLC) technologies for analytical and preparative work.

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Microbiology Lab

Wally Thompson is the Microbiology Supervisor at Gambro in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gambro is a global medical technology company, with manufacturing facilities in countries all over the world including Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Korea, and China, that develops and manufactures products and therapies related to kidney diseases.

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2011 CO2 Incubators Survey Results

Laboratory incubators have evolved steadily over the latter part of the twentieth century, and have remained an important piece of laboratory equipment. Find out the results of our lab incubators survey here!

2011 Fume Hoods User Survey Results

One of the primary safety devices in laboratories where chemicals are used is the laboratory fume hood. Continue on to find out the results of our fume hood survey.

Product Focus

Product Focus: LIMS

Laboratory information management systems (LIMSs) are software packages that connect instruments, other software and sample management to human operators and other data systems, including electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs).


2011 LIMS User Survey Results

A Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) serves as the interface to a laboratory’s data, instruments, analyses and reports. Read on to find out the results of our LIMS survey.

Product Focus

Product Focus: TOF Mass Spectrometry

Once the domain of do-it-yourself Ph.D. scientists who spent years studying its intricacies, mass spectrometry (MS) is continuing to go “down market,” says Alessandro Baldi, Ph.D., business manager for MS at PerkinElmer (Waltham, MA).

Product Focus: Water Purification Systems

Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, laboratory water purification systems get no respect. Lab workers use them every day, but few realize— beyond opening the spigot—how they operate.

Lab Health and Safety

The NFPA Hazard Diamond

We all know how diamonds are formed. You take a lump of carbon and subject it to intense pressure and high temperatures, and magically those carbon atoms are pressed into a diamond. The diamonds we are discussing in this article are formed much more easily.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Lab Health and Safety

Use It Or Lose It

Laboratories frequently accumulate bottles of old chemicals, often toxic or hazardous, that are no longer used. Laboratory managers can use several strategies to properly reuse or dispose of these chemicals.

Business Management

Developing New Revenue Streams

Developing profitable new products and processes is the major mission of corporate laboratories. Professors justify their research grants aimed at developing new knowledge by describing how the research can eventually result in new products and processes to create new business, improve health, or protect the environment. Government labs justify their research in the same way.

Laboratory Technology

White Papers and Application Notes

White Papers and Application Notes

Ultrapure Water for PCR

PCR techniques are in widespread use for the amplification of genetic material. The need for reagents and solutions free from nucleases (DNase, RNase) is widely recognized, however, it is vital to also ensure the absence of other waterborne contaminants which could cause problems with test results.

How Tubes Can Affect Your Experiments

It has been known for several years that chemicals (e.g., BPA and phlalates) can leach out of the plastic, such as toys and baby bottles. The impact of these chemicals on human health is well known.

Incubator Sterility Test

Incubator contamination is a potential for all incubators. Laboratories have thousands of airborne contaminants that may enter a culture incubator during a door opening and enter the growth environment. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filt

How it Works

How it Works: Rapid Microbial Screening Systems

The traditional method of testing for microbial contamination has changed very little in the past 100 years. A sample of product is added to a growth medium in a plate or sample container.

Purchasing Guides

How it Works

How it Works: Integrated Sample Management Across Several Labs

It is essential for medicinal chemists to have access to analytical instrumentation for reaction monitoring and product analysis. However, due to the associated high capital cost and maintenance overheads, it is not possible to install and support instrumentation in every lab across a research site.

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