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LIMSwiki is a collaborative wiki dedicated to the scientific community, featuring organized, documented, and up-to-date content regarding all aspects of laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, and health informatics. LIMSwiki also strives to maintain relevant knowledge about laboratory equipment as well as commercial and open-source software likely to be used in a laboratory setting. This also includes the vendors of such equipment and software.

Like any community wiki, the value and success of LIMSwiki is dependent upon the scientific community contributing their vast knowledge through the creation of relevant articles and editing of existing articles where knowledge is absent. If you wish to enrich the content of this wiki or have something of value to add, please request an account and get started.

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NEW: COVID-19 Laboratory Resources


A few important resources concerning the COVID-19 disease—in particular relating to laboratory testing—have been added to LIMSwiki in the past few days. This section collates those internal articles for your convenience. Additionally, a few key external links are also included here. Resources come from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Guidance documents and authorized in vitro diagnostic test kits

Laboratory testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in suspected human cases (WHO)
Laboratory biosafety guidance related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (WHO)
Policy for diagnostic tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 during the public health emergency (FDA)
Frequently asked questions on COVID-19 testing at laboratories (with links to guidance documents) (CDC)
In vitro diagnostics emergency use authorizations (EUAs), with test kit instructions (FDA)

Relevant LIMSwiki articles

COVID-19 (the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2)
SARS-CoV-2 (the caronavirus strain responsible for COVID-19)
Coronavirus (the virus family, of which SARS-CoV-2 is a member)
COVID-19 testing
Nasopharyngeal swab
Bronchoalveolar lavage
Nucleic acid amplification test

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LIMSwiki books
Examples of books printed from Wikipedia

A LIMSwiki book is a collection of LIMSwiki articles that can be easily saved to the wiki, rendered electronically in PDF, or ordered as a printed book. Need to know more about LIMSwiki books?

Laboratory informatics software and products
LIMSwiki journal articles
Open-access articles becoming more common

A LIMSwiki journal article is a selected open-access article relating to various fields of informatics, free to republish elsewhere with proper citation. You can browse the collection using the tools below. Also note that like other articles found on this wiki, journal articles can be added to LIMSwiki books.

For a full listing of journals — open-access and otherwise — relating to laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, and other forms of informatics, please see LIMSWiki:Resources/Journals.

Open-source software

Looking for open-source software solutions to make your lab or office more efficient? Try these locations:

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Latest news

March 13, 2020:

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I'm pleased to announce that the third edition of Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States is now complete. Started in 2017, the guide sought to provide a balanced look at the industry surrounding the Cannabis plant, particularly in the United States, with a strong focus on laboratory testing. As more U.S. states (and other countries) have legalized the plant's use, the cannabis industry continues to rapidly evolve in ways expected and unexpected. This third edition builds on previous material, adding more historical perspective on changing regulations, standards, and social impacts. It also adds timely topics such as how the insurance market is catering to cannabis companies, and it highlights new efforts to standardize not only laboratory testing but also accreditation of testing labs. One other major move: we've moved primary hosting to the CannaQA wiki, a wiki similar in vein to this one but with a strong focus on cannabis science. (So what you're seeing here is a mirror of the content.) Enjoy!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:20, 13 March 2020 (UTC)

January 8, 2020:

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The year 2020 has arrived, and with it comes reflection on the previous year and anticipation for what's to come. LIMSwiki saw updates to existing guides as well as new content getting created, though perhaps not as much as we would have liked. The biggest project from 2019 was likely the newest iteration of LIMSpec, a major overhaul of the prior version that took at its base took requirements from ASTM E1578-18 and added requirements from numerous other standards and regulations. The biggest update of 2019 was to the cannabis laboratory testing guide, which continues to expand. In 2020 we're looking forward to releasing more guides and books, including a significant look at what labs can do to develop a cybersecurity plan, as well as a buyer's guide for medical diagnostic and research labs. Stay tuned!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:04, 8 January 2020 (UTC)

Most popular pages

This section represents most popular pages by page view since January 2016.

NOTE: Individuals from certain IP addresses are going to pages for informatics companies and are gaming the most popular mechanism, artificially inflating page views in a very short period of time. Those pages will not be listed here. If this practice continues, LIMSwiki will remove the most popular pages feature from the wiki completely.

The most popular pages (by page views, minus records with artificially inflated page views) on LIMSwiki as of March 2, 2020 are:

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