Top List: Top Tips to Optimize Your Laboratory and Workflow

The SelectScience® editorial team and industry experts share their top tips

09 Dec 2015

The SelectScience® editorial team and industry experts share their top tips

The most innovative discoveries come from scientific collaboration. Here, SelectScience’s expert editorial team, and scientists from leading companies, share top tips for laboratory efficiency and research workflow.

1. Select the Right Water Purification System for Your Lab

Choosing a water purification system for a laboratory can sometimes seem like a complicated process. However, by taking the time to thoroughly evaluate your situation at the beginning of your search and considering a few key parameters, you can make the selection a little easier. Read this step-by-step guide to have greater confidence in your final choice.

2. Tips for Selecting a Centrifuge That Best Meets Your Needs

Separations are a critical step in most workflows, making the centrifuge a vital piece of equipment in virtually all laboratories. Multi-purpose centrifuges are one of the most popular types of centrifuge and can support a wide range of processing needs, offering versatility in a compact footprint. Ensure you choose the centrifuge that best accommodates your laboratory’s current and future needs with the tips in this article.

3. Prevent Contamination in Your Cell Culture

Learn how to identify types and sources of contamination and discover simple procedures to make your cell culture routine safer and more reliable in this free SelectScience webinar.

4. Run the Perfect High-Throughput Screening Lab

Automation and high throughput screening (HTS) are two examples of these advances that have become a normal presence in the majority of the world’s labs today. Combine these capabilities with the power of flow cytometry and your options are limitless. Discover how to speed up discovery using automation and high throughput screening in this article.

5. Tips and Tricks for LC-MS

Improve your analytical accuracy, minimize instrument downtime and extend the life of your LC-MS system. Learn tips and tricks to optimize the coupling of liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry in this article. 

6. Cleaning a Balance: Every Step to Consider

Many factors contribute to obtaining reliable weighing results which always fall within process specifications, but the cleanliness of the measuring instrument being used is often overlooked. Which steps need to be considered when cleaning a balance, and which cleaning agents can/should be used? Learn how to clean the various parts of a typical lab balance, and discover some important considerations when purchasing a new balance.

7. 5 Tips for Diluting Antibodies

Western blotting and immunohistochemistry (IHC), antibody titer and dilutions are important for their effect on signal and staining quality. Correct dilutions of antibodies will contribute to the quality of signal/staining if prepared precisely and consistently. Read this article to learn technical tips for optimal working dilutions of antibodies and improved consistency. 

8. Top Tips for Good Laboratory Practice

Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)-compliant testing in the laboratory can prevent pharmaceutical industry catastrophes, such as the thalidomide scandal in the 1970s, and 2012’s contaminated drugs meningitis outbreak in the USA.  This quality assurance system encompasses all organizational structures, and the sequence of analyses and tests for authorization of a medicinal product. Learn about the fundamentals of GLP procedures with this white paper. 

9. 10 Technical Tips for Western Blotting Success

Western blot or immunoblotting is a rapid and sensitive technique that uses antibodies for the specific detection of proteins separated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and immobilized onto a nitrocellulose, nylon or PVDF membrane. Discover these tips for successful results. 

10. Perfect Your Pipetting

Hone your pipetting technique for great consistency of results, in this video series.


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