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The hidden cost of reagents in clinical labs is a significant factor that can impact both the financial and operational aspects of research. Reagents contribute to a substantial portion of a lab's budget. However, the full extent of their cost is not always apparent, as it may exceed the initial purchase price due to additional costs, such as: 

  • Shipping, handling, and storage fees

  • Waste and disposal costs

  • Time and labor costs

  • Experiment repetition

One way to improve efficiency and mitigate hidden costs associated with reagents is to optimize workflows. This involves careful planning of experiments, optimizing protocols, and ensuring that researchers follow standardized procedures. Adopting a culture of continuous improvement and embracing innovative technologies will contribute to more robust and cost-effective laboratory operations.

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