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Poll Experiment

June 18, 2012

Question: How long does it take to run an experiment? Just the data collection and basic analysis, assuming you could work exclusively on this one experiment. (if willing state your field in the comments).

For me it depends on what method I’m using, Method A is weeks to months, depending on the conditions. Method B is hours, but often includes weeks to months of pre-experiment work.

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  1. June 18, 2012 11:33 am

    Materials science, molecular dynamics simulations of small molecules with a pretty decent cluster available for use.

    • June 18, 2012 11:38 am

      So your stuff is computationally intensive? Is that the main factor in duration?

  2. June 18, 2012 11:37 am

    I’m a molecular virologist. My kinetics type assays could be done in less than a day (and there are many of those), while my cell culture type assays would take a week or two to process and read. And those experiments can take a long time to get all the cells ‘just so’ prior to starting.

  3. AlgalBod permalink
    June 18, 2012 11:48 am

    Algal biotechnologist. If i wanted to do an single experiment, it takes about 2 weeks to do the growth, sampling and analysis, but that would be just 1 of the 3 times I’d need to repeat for scientific rigour, so up to 2 months for an entire experiment. Quite depressing really just to get one graph.

  4. June 18, 2012 12:10 pm

    I do slice electrophysiology but after animals have done a behavioral task. Recording from one animal takes one day, but doing an entire cohort takes months-years.

  5. DrLizzyMoore permalink
    June 18, 2012 12:40 pm

    As a cellular microbiologist working with an obligate intracellular, experimental set-up can typically take a week, sometimes data collection can be done in this same week.-Analyzing said data or running secondary data collection with anlysis, typically runs experiments into 2 week investments of time….

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