What is a Lab Automation run?

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A Benchling run is an experiment performed through an assay instrument, robot, or software analysis pipeline. For example, runs can be used to model NGS sequencing runs, flow cytometry experiments, or liquid handling methods. Runs are utilized within the Notebook to allow a seamless flow of structured data throughout an experiment.

Similar to how Registry, Inventory, Results and Requests utilize schemas for structured data capture, Lab Automation uses run schemas. A run schema defines the metadata that will be tracked on a run. This metadata may include fields for attaching raw instrument output files, or other parameters to instruct the instrument. Run schemas are able to be created by organization admins.

The information logged and captured within a run allows users to create instrument input files, collect instrument output files to be processed by Benchling, and interact with Registry and Inventory to create and update data. In the example below, the purpose of this run is to add or deduct volume determined by the metadata run schema.

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