10 February 2021 (Wednesday) - The Blood Smear Challenge

Here’s an interesting article from the nice people at Lablogatory. It talks about the “blood smear challenge” which is supposedly is the latest rage for the likes of us who enjoy posting videos on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Blood-ologists show off their skill by making the perfect blood smear. If any of my loyal readers can find any reference to this, please let me know – I’ve Googled and drawn a blank.

But the article then went on to say (quite rightly) that we should take care about doing this sort of thing. If you are going to use your phone in the lab to take photos of things (which I strongly advocate) take a care to wash your hands and/or have clean gloves on when handling your phone. And take a care about what is in the background of whatever it is that you are photographing or videoing. Let’s not have confidential information obviously available. And let’s not have people obviously mucking about either. Let’s be professional here.

We’ve got the technology – let’s not be luddites in not taking advantage of it… but let’s be sensible in what we do.

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