June 22, 2007

Artel has announced that Yellowstone National Park has been selected as the location for Mission #2 of the Extreme Pipetting Expedition.

At Yellowstone, ARTEL will test how pipetting liquids at a temperature different than the pipette (thermal disequilibrium) affects delivered volume, data accuracy, and precision.

While today’s laboratories are usually temperature-controlled, it is very common to handle liquids that are extremely hot or cold. For example, restriction enzymes used in nucleic acid work are frequently handled at ice temperature (0°C), and higher temperatures are encountered with handling mammalian cell cultures (37°C) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) solutions (60°C or higher).

To draw attention to the importance of considering temperature disequilibrium in clinical testing, and help laboratories develop strategies to overcome this effect, Artel will release the results from Mission #2 at the 2007 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego, July 15-19. 

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