Question: (Closed) What is the best LIMS for a water testing laboratory?
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bobyjoe070 wrote:

Hi! I've been searching for a LIMS program that could be used in a water testing lab environment. What is the best option?

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ADD COMMENTlink written 3.5 years ago by bobyjoe070

Out of curiosity (and without intention to help you write a better question), what does a water laboratory testing do? How does a water testing laboratory uses bioinformatics? What kind of analyses? What kind of instruments? How long the data has to be stored? Number of tests per day / week / month? Number of clients?

Of course, none of the above will help anyone to provide better answers, it is just, as I said, curiosity.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by h.mon31k

I guess they are not using bioinformatics. To monitor drinking water quality, for example, I cannot think of an analysis where bioinformatics methods could be used.

ADD REPLYlink modified 3.5 years ago • written 3.5 years ago by Michael Dondrup48k

Here is an interesting case where bioinformatics could have been useful in hindsight:

In Bergen, Norway there was a huge outbreak of diarrhoea caused by the parasite Giardia lamblia in 2004. The water reservoir “Svartediket” was the source, supplying central parts of the city with drinking water. This was the first major outbreak with this parasite in Norway, and it is among the largest outbreaks in the world. Around 1250 individuals had laboratory confirmed infection in stool samples after seeing their general practitioner.

You would not necessarily expect bad water quality in Norway. Anyway, if you coul get any significant amount of DNA sequence for a meta-genome, something must have gone really really wrong.

ADD REPLYlink modified 3.5 years ago • written 3.5 years ago by Michael Dondrup48k

Another example where bioinformatics was useful (an could be more) is the 2010 outbreak of cholera in Haiti. Epidemiology and bioinformatics were used after the epidemic to trace its origin, but probably a 16S amplicon screening would be useful in detecting and preventing such outbreaks.

ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by h.mon31k

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ADD REPLYlink written 3.5 years ago by Michael Dondrup48k
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