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Biosafety during a pandemic: shared resource laboratories rise to the challenge

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© 2021 International Society for Advancement of CytometryBiosafety has always been an important aspect of daily work in any research institution, particularly for cytometry Shared Resources Laboratories (SRLs). SRLs are common-use spaces that facilitate the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and ideas. This sharing inescapably involves contact and interaction of all those within this working environment on a daily basis. The current pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has prompted the re-evaluation of many policies governing the operations of SRLs. Here we identify and review the unique challenges SRLs face in maintaining biosafety standards, highlighting the potential risks associated with not only cytometry instrumentation and samples, but also the people working with them. We propose possible solutions to safety issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide tools for facilities to adapt to evolving guidelines and future challenges.

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Author(s): Aspland AM, Douagi I, Filby A, Jellison ER, Martinez L, Shinko D, Smith AL, Tang VA, Thornton S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cytometry Part A

Year: 2021

Volume: 99

Issue: 1

Pages: 68-80

Print publication date: 18/01/2021

Online publication date: 02/12/2020

Acceptance date: 29/11/2020

ISSN (print): 1552-4922

ISSN (electronic): 1552-4930

Publisher: Wiley-Liss Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/cyto.a.24280


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