Lina: A Laboratory Inventory System for Oligonucleotides, Microbial Strains, and Cell Lines

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Biological specimens--Collection and preservation, Biological laboratories


Computer Engineering | Computer Sciences | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Forensic Science and Technology | Information Security


In this article, we present the Laboratory Inventory Network Application (LINA), a software system that assists research laboratories in keeping track of their collections of biologically relevant materials. This open source application uses relational Microsoft Access database technology as a back end and a Microsoft .NET application as a front end. Preconstructed table templates are provided that contain standardized and customizable data fields. As new samples are added to the inventory, each is provided with a unique laboratory identifier, which is assigned automatically and sequentially, allowing rapid retrieval when a given reagent is required. The LINA contains a number of useful search tools including a general search, which allows database searches using up to four user-defined criteria. The LINA represents an easily implemented and useful organizational tool for biological laboratories with large numbers of strains, clones, or other reagents.


Dr. Baggili was appointed to the University of New Haven’s Elder Family Endowed Chair in 2015.

Copyright (c) 2011 by the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. Software available at http://linasoft.weebly.com.

See also http://publish.uwo.ca/~jmymryk/LINA.html



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Yousef, A. F., Baggili, I. M., Bartlett, G., Kane, M. D., & Mymryk, J. S. (2011). Lina: A laboratory inventory system for oligonucleotides, microbial strains, and cell lines. Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation, 16(1), 82-89

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