Digital solutions for lab notebooks have never been closer to becoming a reality. Cellkulture, is a web notebook dedicated to cell culture. A cloud-based and easy to use solution that allows you to document, archive and share your culture logs. The application is in a private alpha version, so development is in its very early phase. Connected Researcher gives you a sneak peek at the functionalities you can expect from Cellkulture.
The application is divided into two sections: the Virtual Incubator, and the Cold Storage. The virtual incubator displays the flasks or plates that you are currently culturing. Clicking on a culture will bring you to another screen that allows you to enter details about your ongoing cell cultures. A set of parameters allows you to describe the state of the culture in a rather detailed way (passage number, color of the media, pictures of the cells…). On the right hand side, a summary of your previous culture media change, passage or freezing are displayed.
When it is time to freeze down your cultures to constitute a stock of cells, the stock vials can be placed in a virtual cold storage. This should help you keep track of stocks If you are careful to match your virtual and real-life cold storage. Still under development, but coming up soon, is a feature that allows frozen vials to start their own culture, with the information about the past of the culture.
The more long term goal of Cellkulture is to build a “github style version control tracking system for cell cultures that tracks each point at which cultures branch from the stock“, says Dave Pier, founder of Cellkulture. The app is clearly useful to record and archive this massive amount of information about cell cultures, but it can also be used in a more predictive way to help scientists. For example, “imagine a system that could alert you that your culture doubling time had reduced by 20% because the incubator was under heavy use and was not maintaining temperature, or a system that could highlight a rise in infection incidence after the stock of disinfectant was made up” says Dave.
This is definitely an interesting set of functionalities. The notebook and analytical aspects could serve cell culture intensive labs. While this could come as a great complement to more comprehensive solutions such as Labguru for less cell-culture intensive groups. Cellkulture is in private alpha release, meaning they have got a lot of ideas and improvements waiting to be implemented. You can register for private beta access by visiting their website.