The experimental design is fundamental.

  • Microarray
  • High-Throughput Sequencing
  • Gene Expression
  • Exon Expression
  • miRNA Expression

1. You should assign parameters and samples strategically.

If you don't have any limitations in budget, time, and human resources, you doubtlessly follow statistical theory. However, you have constraints in the real world. The budget determines the maximum number of samples, which is inarguably too few, especially in the omics experiments. If so, blindly following the statistical principle is helpless. We dare to say from our experience on data analysis that assigning experimental parameters based on biological speculation about the background mechanism is far more crucial. We can suggest how to strategically asign the numer of replicates.

2. You should determine what technologies to take by assessment.

Inexperienced users tend to expect too much on the technology. Keep in mind that all information you heard at a conference, from fellow researchers, or makers is always biased. You shouldn't believe it as they say. Careful judgment after assessment if the technology is really capable as they say or not saves a great deal of time and money.

We offer the Data Analysis Service for assessment. Knowing how to analyze the data, and what output you will get gives vivid and tangible hints for your experimental planning. Even if you spent some time and money on assessment, it worth it because you can avoid far more massive loss.

3. You should embed risk hedge methods in the plan.

When you are planning, you often ignore the fact that the experiment can sometimes fail. Yes, failure is a part of the research. We understand you want to remove all risks, though, it is impossible. So we recommend you think from two points. (1) What kind of failures are likely to happen. And (2) What type of failure is disastrous. It makes you reasonably select risks to be taken care of.

Everybody can easily imagine the second point. Contrary, the first point is difficult if you don't have a lot of experience. Moreover, failures that are likely to occur are different between experiments that you do and that you outsource. We can complement your lack of experience with ours.

Embedding risk hedge methods in the experimental plan is not free because you have to assign some samples for this purpose. So you have to consider the cost is reasonable or not. On the other hand, there are free tricks to reduce risks, like sample labeling or how to order the outsource. Combining various means, you brush up the plan to be robust, and negative-effect-limited in case something happens.

Subio help your experimental planning as a Data Analysis Service.