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And What's in This Tube?

The end of the year maybe a good time to clean out the lab, and the folks over at Bitesize Bio offer tips on how to best catalog samples. "If you stay organized and implement a clear and concise cataloging system from day one, it will save you time and energy in the long run," Ellen Moran at Bitesize Bio notes.

She suggests that researchers make sure that their writing legible when they are to labeling samples — with their initials as well as the data and experiment — on their tubes. Additionally, she says to keep an inventory of what's in the different fridges or freezers in a binder. A key tip is to "keep it simple. Make sure your cataloging can be followed and understood by other lab members," she says, adding that it also important for researchers to be sure that they are following all regulations regarding their experimental materials.

After that, it's time to tackle the food fridge...

The Scan

Study Examines Insights Gained by Adjunct Trio RNA Sequencing in Complex Pediatric Disease Cases

Researchers in AJHG explore the diagnostic utility of adding parent-child RNA-seq to genome sequencing in dozens of families with complex, undiagnosed genetic disease.

Clinical Genomic Lab Survey Looks at Workforce Needs

Investigators use a survey approach in Genetics in Medicine Open to assess technologist applications, retention, and workforce gaps at molecular genetics and clinical cytogenetics labs in the US.

Study Considers Gene Regulatory Features Available by Sequence-Based Modeling

Investigators in Genome Biology set sequence-based models against observational and perturbation assay data, finding distal enhancer models lag behind promoter predictions.

Genetic Testing Approach Explores Origins of Blastocyst Aneuploidy

Investigators in AJHG distinguish between aneuploidy events related to meiotic missegregation in haploid cells and those involving post-zygotic mitotic errors and mosaicism.