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Design principles for open source bioinstrumentation: the poseidon syringe pump system as an example

By A. Sina Booeshaghi, Eduardo da Veiga Beltrame, Dylan Bannon, Jase Gehring, Lior Pachter

Posted 17 Jan 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/521096

The poseidon syringe pump and microscope system is an open source alternative to commercial systems. It costs less than $400 and can be assembled in under an hour using the instructions and source files available at https://pachterlab.github.io/poseidon. We describe the poseidon system and use it to illustrate design principles that can facilitate the adoption and development of open source bioinstruments. The principles are functionality, robustness, simplicity, modularity, benchmarking, and documentation.

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