Product Bulletin: Summer 2020
Summer is almost over and these past few months were filled with monumental change for our life science customers. Some pivoted their R&D teams to remote working, while others optimized shifts in the lab to continue operations, including many focused on COVID-19 related efforts.
Benchling released dozens of new features and enhancements across all of our applications to continue driving our mission of accelerating life sciences R&D. One feature that we’re really excited about is Worklists, which helps our customers work with large sample sets across Benchling. Read on to learn more about this and other new features below.
Worklists hits the accelerator with new productivity enhancements
What it is
Worklists is a feature of our Inventory application that helps users work with large sets of samples such as entities, batches, containers, and plates. It saves scientists time and effort by facilitating bulk actions on large numbers of samples.
With the most recent product release, Worklists now contains user interface updates and deeper integration across applications, all designed to save time and boost productivity.
User interface enhancements
Users can now quickly remove itemsfrom the collapsed view of a Worklist, without the need to get into the expanded view to perform the same action. Users can sort through the items in a given Worklist and save their preferred sort order for the future. The column titled ‘Position’ marks the default display order of the entities in a Worklist. These updates remove the need for unnecessary clicks, help get the relevant actions done faster, and ultimately save time.
Wider scanning capabilities
The use of a barcode scanner is the fastest and easiest way to add samples to Worklists. Until recently, Benchling supported the addition of only containers through scanning. With the new update, users can now scan entities and plates directly into Worklists as well. This significantly improves the user experience and makes it convenient to work with a much larger variety of samples in the lab.Scan different sample types into Worklists
Deeper application integration
The true power of Worklists lies in how seamlessly embedded the feature is across all Benchling applications. This helps save time for users as tedious repetitive actions are streamlined into a single action that applies across a larger set of samples. Some of the enhancements include:
Users now have the option to add selected primers to Worklists directly from the primer panel. Additionally, an option to add to a Worklist upon DNA sequence import has also been enabled.
Users can now add entities to a Worklist directly from the Insights tool.
Plate Creation table
Users can now add to a Worklist from a Plate Creation table.
Users now have the option to use "Insert from worklist" and "Add from structured table" from schema-less storage_link fields in runs.
What you can do with it
Here are some examples of how the new features of Worklists can help different R&D functions.
Import libraries of plasmids and add to a Worklist during the import and registration process, consolidating a typically two step process into a single step. This Worklist can be used to import all the contained plasmids into Bulk Assembly for high throughput combinatorial plasmid design. The output of a Bulk Assembly run can also be uploaded to a Worklist for further research use.
Fermentation scale up
Use an Insights dashboard to evaluate strain performance under various fermentation conditions and process parameters. Export the strain IDs from the dashboard into a Worklist. Remove any of the unwanted strains from the Worklist to create a focused list of the most promising strains. Use the Worklist to set up scale up culture runs in a Notebook entry.
In vitro testing
Scan samples from a plate into Benchling with a barcode scanner. Create assay testing Notebook entries and import samples from the Worklist into Results tables. Perform assays and record assay results against the samples. Use Insights or Registry to view and analyze assay results recorded against the samples.
Learn about other new features and enhancements by product
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Registry and Inventory
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App Platform and Schemas
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