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Pipetting Pain

At Bitesize Bio, Cristy Gelling warns of hand pain caused by repetitive pipetting. She notes that 90 percent of people who pipette continuously for an hour or more report hand pain and that women who pipette for more than 300 hours a year have a higher risk of developing hand and shoulder problems. "Ignoring repetitive strain can lead to permanent nerve damage, like carpal tunnel syndrome, and can end a bench science career," Gelling says. She offers six tips to reduce that strain, including keeping wrists relaxed, adjusting chair height, and considering a change to pipette models to limit the force needed to use the pipette.

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