Platform for Science Marketplace Apps for Multiple Genomics Fields
Core has launched a new group of PFS Marketplace apps for genomic sample accessioning: AgBio Sample Accessioning, Clinical Sample Accessioning, Molecular Diagnostics (MDx) Sample Accessioning, and Research Sample Accessioning. The apps are built to meet the needs of different types of genomics labs. They include the specific accessioning and tracking requirements needed for each lab type. With these new accessioning apps, labs can cut time needed for implementation of a lab data management solution, because the needs specific to their area of research are pre-built.
Sample Accessioning, Where it All Starts
It’s where it all starts — with the samples. They are the lifeblood of the lab, without the samples all of the expensive equipment and meticulously planned workflows would be useless. Without the samples, there would be nothing to test. Sample receiving and sample tracking seem simple, but they are vitally important to the workflow and smooth operation of a lab. Not only is accessioning important to the frontend of the process but on the backend of the process as well – proper sample accessioning provides proper tracking and traceability throughout the sample’s time in the lab.
Sample accessioning, or sample receiving, is where genomics lab workflows begin. The types of samples a lab processes generally defines that lab. You wouldn’t be receiving plant samples at a clinical lab, would you?
Different DNA Samples, Different Accessioning Needs
Different sample types have different characteristics or attributes that should be tracked.
If you’re looking for a specific strain of drug resistant bacteria you may need to perform a cell culture to isolate it and then send it for sequencing. The information associated with the sample when it arrives in the lab provides these instructions. Tracking this data effectively can help make processes more efficient and potentially reduce errors.
A tumor sample will have a variety of data associated with it, from patient identification to tissue type, and the target cancer tests to perform. The information tracked during tumor testing in a hospital or clinical lab may not be the same as what is tracked in a research facility. The genomic accessioning apps are built to track the appropriate information for your use case.
Data required for agricultural samples may include the sample source, sample type (water, soil, animal, plant, etc.), and what things the project is looking for – like a specific strain of bacteria, specific gene, or contaminants. These sample attributes can change over time, so the system being used to track them needs to be flexible as well. A LIMS system should have the ability to add and subtract sample changes, workflows, and sample data. The accessioning apps are configurable and provide a framework for users to build on to meet their specific needs.
Tracking Accessioned DNA Samples
Sample tracking is a critical part of the lab workflow. In some cases tests performed on these samples are for clients. It’s important for these samples to make their way to the correct workflow and that the right tests are completed. Sending a patient sample out for the wrong type of test can have disastrous implications for the credibility of the lab. Closely tracking samples is important to help cut down on errors and turn-around time.
No matter the lab, effective sample management and tracking are important elements for successful execution of processes, collection of results, and reporting and analysis.
Chrisanne Wnek is a Genomics Application Specialist at Core Informatics. She spent over 8 years working in the field of genetic research in Sanger, NGS and CLIA labs.