Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hotels in actions

Last week we installed a new external hotel to hold plates. Yesterday Shai Kaplan and Assaf programmed the KiNEDx to recognize the hotel coordinates. Today Assaf put the new device to use by building a program to perform cherry-picking from individual wells from the whole yeast library. Thus, saving himself the need to go into specific wells in 16 plates, each with 384 wells.

The program worked nicely, and we can see a short part of it in this movie.

We did learn few important lessons about hotels. First, manually loading places onto it can be tricky. If you are not careful it is easy to drop a plate. Second, the installation is a bit too close to the KiNEDx rail, and so we might try to move the hotel back a bit.

In addition, Assaf will try to parallelize the program so it brings the next plate while working with the previous one, and so on.

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