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Over in Medical Laboratory Observer, iCubate's John Brunstein chronicles his quest to set up a $500 molecular biology lab — reagents, consumables, and shipping costs not included. As part of the challenge he set for himself, Brunstein sought to source tools and equipment that required few to no modifications, such that a non-expert could use them out of the box.

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