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Cover Story |  Volume 16 - Issue 9  |  October 2021

The Lab of the Future: Big Data Enables a Big Role for AI

Big data revolutionized the lab manager's role—AI is about to do it again


Business Management

A group of scientists stands around a smartboard in the laboratory while one of the scientists points something out on the board.

Three Keys to More Effective Project Planning in the Lab

Better project planning leads to better outcomes and results

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The Lab of the Future: Big Data Enables a Big Role for AI

Big data revolutionized the lab manager’s role—AI is about to do it again

Two women speaking in an office setting. One woman is dressed in black the other in an off-white blazer.

How to Effectively Communicate with Non-Scientists

Learning the “languages” of other departments outside the lab is an important component of business success

Efficient tool management, strategy and performance, online platform

Optimizing the Utilization of Lab Assets

Analyzing data to improve the availability and effectiveness of instruments and equipment in the lab

Labs Less Ordinary

A 3-d illustration of bar graphs in blue, purple, and magenta from a top-down view to illustrate big data.

This Lab Aims to Improve the World through Big Data

Research at the Data Science for Social Good Lab covers inequality and diversity, public health, smart cities, and sustainability

In Focus

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Unlocking the Lab of the Future

Universal data platforms empower laboratory operations and bring the lab of the future into focus

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Implementing a Document Management System

Working with a vendor to create a laboratory document control system

Leadership and Staffing

A lab manager of East Indian descent stands with her arms crossed in front of her diverse team. They are all wearing lab coats and safety glasses.

Strategic Teams and Lab Culture

A lab’s culture has a strong influence over the success of an organization’s strategic agenda

Ask the Expert


Data Management for the Entire Product Lifecycle

The Right LIMS Can Help Organizations Improve the Quality and Safety of Products from Concept to Consumer

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How Computation Predictions Empower Drug Discovery

Michelle Arkin, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, discusses the growing applications of AI and ML with contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD

Lab Design and Furnishings

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Designing a Lab for the Unknown

Flexible lab design plans accommodate current needs, future possibilities

Views into the open labs from the atrium and bridge inside the University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building & Museum of Natural History.

Why the University of Michigan BSB Is a Beacon for Life Sci

University of Michigan BSB wins Excellence in Innovation prize in 2021 Lab Design Excellence Awards

Products in Action



Portable, precise, and affordable pipetting of 96- and 384-well plates

Lab Health and Safety

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Building Habits through Lab Safety Activities

Participation in safety activities from staff and management improves safety culture


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A New Era of Protein Interaction Engineering

New bioengineered protein devices allow near-instant response times, but highlight system needs

Product Focus

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How Semantic Enrichment Is Helping Solve ELN Data Challenges

Semantic enrichment is helping overcome issues associated with vast amounts of unusable ELN data

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How Scalable Lab Monitoring Systems Can Help Minimize Risks

While scalable laboratory monitoring systems can help minimize risks in the lab, they do come with challenges

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Using NGS Tech to Understand Impact of Microbiome on Health

A variety of bacteria resides in our guts and influence our health, such as through adsorption and secretion of metabolites

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Improving Detection of Viral Pathogens in Wastewater with dPCR

Leveraging digital PCR to improve detection of viral pathogens in wastewater

How it Works


Cryogenic Preservation without Liquid Nitrogen

Air phase cryogenic storage can eliminate the need for costly, hazardous liquid nitrogen

Innovations In

A female researcher in a green-white medical gown sits at a mass spectrometer on a long lab bench full of other mass spectrometers.

Innovations in Mass Spectrometry

Important advances in mass spectrometry leading up to the 2021 ASMS conference