Fundamental laboratory skills for clinical embryologists

Celine Jones, Junaid Kashir, Bianka Seres, Jane Chan, Kornelia Ewald, Kevin Coward

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Introduction: Laboratories are utilized in nearly all fields of science and follow strict rules of conduct. In each laboratory, a specific hierarchy is in place such that personnel in the laboratory can work safely and efficiently. Familiarizing yourself with personnel, laboratory rules and setting is essential to ensure a safe and productive working environment. Accidents can be prevented before they occur by adopting the correct attitude in the workplace and by following strict rules of conduct. These rules should be presented to any new members of staff and visitors. They explain safety procedures, laboratory hierarchy and policies for complaints and emergencies. In this chapter, we will describe some essential rules of conduct needed for safe and efficient work in a laboratory environment, highlighting what we believe are the most fundamental laboratory skills, including solution chemistry, commonly used equipment, liquid handling and the application of microscopy. Our intention is to indentify the basic skill base required to work in a clinical embryology laboratory, and to provide a solid foundation for future development.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationTextbook of Clinical Embryology
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781139192736
ISBN (Print)9780521166409
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


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