Two week ago Assaf completed a large scale experiment with the robot. The next step was sending all the samples to Ollie's lab for running the NanoString assays. This involved sending cellular extracts with RNA from ~900 samples. Since the samples are sensitive, they need to be kept cold, and so should be shipped expediently packaged with dry ice to keep the temperature.
It turned out that this is a non-trivial exercise. In our previous iteration, we learned where to order dry ice. Now, however, we needed a much larger box as we were sending hundreds of tubes.
Assaf used the robot to move the samples into 12-strips of small tubes, organized in 96-well format by using tip boxes.
Ayelet and Assaf then sat down and labeled the strips and packed them in boxes. They sealed the boxes with parafilm to keep everything in place.
Assaf and I packed the insulating