Lab automation is the use of technology to automate tasks in a laboratory. This can include anything from simple tasks like data entry and sample preparation, to more complex tasks like running complete experiments. Automation can improve efficiency and accuracy in the laboratory, and can allow scientists to spend more time on data analysis and interpretation.
One of the emerging trends in lab automation is the use of microfluidics. Microfluidics is the study and manipulation of fluids that are confined to very small spaces. This technology is often used in medical applications, such as the development of blood tests that can be performed on a single drop of blood.