Examples for Errors

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The following table describes different types of errors and gives examples.

Description Example
Reoccuring errors Experiment can often not be performed due to missing consumables
New researchers use equipment wrongly
Strong bleeding during surgery
Injection fluid is coming out again
Positive control in experiment forgotten
Pipetting error
Sudden errors that can be fixed or vanish again​ Contamination in cell culture
pH-meter not calibrated due to technician on sick leave
96 well plate dropped
Errors that are inherent to the process and influence the outcome Uncontrolable, not-measured differences in study subjects, e.g. genetic differences
positive control does not exist for this type of experiment
Equipment not sensitive enough​​ or with a big variance

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