The importance of time and quality in our everyday lives


Quality contributes to happiness

Life is complicated, but having everything on the right track can bring a sense of completeness. This applies to the big things, like our homes and offices, as well as to the mundane things. Owning quality items that we can rely on and appreciate makes our lives easier, brings about happiness and improves our quality of life.

You get what you pay for

How often has someone told you, “You get what you pay for”? It’s true – quality goods generally last longer and serve us better. Although quality doesn’t always require a high price tag, investing in quality goods can contribute to a good quality of life. What else improves our quality of life? How we spend our time. Everyone appreciates time well spent, whether it’s with our friends, kids or families. And so when we instead spend time at work, it’s good to spend it effectively.

Increase your quality of work

I assume, since you are reading this post, that you’re a researcher and spend a lot time in the lab, running experiments, doing research, analyzing results and writing up your results. What is important to you while you are there?

I think the things that count most at home are also important in the lab: quality and time. Why? Quality represents the reproducibility of our experiments, and it helps us prove that our results are reliable and should not be doubted. The amount of time we spend on these experiments is proportional to the time it takes to publish our discoveries. So maybe if we focus more on these aspects, we can improve our quality of research.

Imagine you are performing genotyping or some other DNA analysis using PCR or NGS, and you need a certain amount of high-quality genomic DNA for the experiment. Your usual purification protocol begins with a long and tedious tissue lysis and sometimes gives poor yields and quality. Maybe there’s a better way? What if, instead of following that same procedure, you use a quality kit with technology proven to shorten your overall time to result?

Suppose you select the QIAamp Fast DNA Tissue Kit, which greatly simplifies isolation of genomic DNA from solid tissue samples. This kit uses a novel combination of mechanical, chemical and enzymatic lysis in tubes with a uniquely shaped stainless steel bead. The resulting tissue disruption is faster and more thorough than other methods. Sample homogenization and lysis both occur in the same tube, and extraction of DNA directly from the lysate shortens the total procedure from several hours to just 30 minutes (see figure 1).

What’s the outcome? You get quality results in less time. You save a lot of time, and you guarantee that you get enough high-quality DNA to also make your downstream applications a success. Your results will be reliable and reproducible, and you will have spent your time effectively.

QIAamp Fast Tissue DNA Kit

Figure 1. The QIAamp Fast DNA Tissue Kit saves significant time in comparison to standard methods.

Curious how you can increase your quality of research? Download our new scientific poster: Rapid Purification of High-Yield, High-Quality DNA from Tissue Samples Using the QIAamp Fast DNA Tissue Kit.

Do you want to save some time in your own purifications? Watch Dominic O’Neil, Associate Director, DNA Product Development tell you more in Purify more DNA from challenging tissues – new faster protocol!


So enjoy, sit back and think about the impact of quality and time in your daily research life!


Laura Alina Mohr, M.Sc.

Laura Alina Mohr joined QIAGEN in 2015. She received her Master’s Degree in Chemical Biology at the Technical University Dortmund in Germany. During this time, she was involved in Systemic Cell Biology research at the prestigious Max Planck Institute. Before joining QIAGEN, Laura Alina worked at the Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, where she first focused on DNA damage/repair pathways and telomere biology. Later, she joined the Muscle Development, Aging and Regeneration program at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. At QIAGEN she is interested in gene expression profiling focusing on various biological pathways, e.g. cancer research and neurodegeneration.

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