The Pipetting Paradox
While we may never see the Robot Uprising or the "Rise of the Robot" in our lifetime, we have all witnessed an increase in automation of every day processes. From automated bank tellers (ATMs), to automation kiosks at fast food restaurants; tasks that have traditionally been performed by humans are now being automated. This is certainly true in the field of life sciences. Many scientific processes and tasks are now being handled by automation and instrumentation. By elimination human interaction, processes can be done accurately with consistency, thus freeing up time for the human to focus on other tasks.
Automated liquid handlers have been prevalent in life sciences for many years. When introduced, this type of automation was costly, complex and prone to inconsistencies. These days, it is more common to see an automated liquid handler or pipetting station performing liquid transfers than it is to see a scientist or researcher manually pipetting liquids. Automated liquid handlers have become easier to use and are typically more consistent in pipetting accuracy than manual pipetting options. As the costs and complexity are reduced in automated liquid handling systems and puppeteers, manual pipetting will become a thing of the past.
The ability to successfully and accurately pipette liquids manually is a great skill to master. However, most scientist and researchers would prefer to be conducting actual science than performing the painstaking task of manually pipetting liquids.
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