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Starting an Experiment
List of things to do to setup and run an eVOLVER experiment.
Before starting experiment prep:
Starting eVOLVER experiments takes hours and it is important to supervise your experiment for the first few hours. Therefore, front-loading as much prep work as possible to the days before the experiment is strongly recommended.
Consider running a test experiment with just water or the wild type strain before you devote time to making everything perfect. If you are running an experiment with modified code this is especially essential.
Make sure vials / pumps are behaving as expected
- Are all vials stirring, getting up to temperature, all pumps pumping, etc?
- Especially check that efflux is running long enough to remove enough culture from vials
Start overnight cultures
Inoculate cultures into vials
Monitor experiment for correct behavior (over several hours)
- Are the cells growing?
- Is the experiment diluting as expected?
- Are all pumps working?
Monitor media levels - make sure that there is more than enough media to make it to the next time you check the experiment
Monitor biofilming on the vials - this can cause increased OD over time