A sample can be mapped to one or more Sources
, for example:
- Physical Sources like labs, vendors, locations, studies, etc.
- Biological Sources like patients, mice, trees, cell lines, etc.
Tracking the sources of a sample can help lab managers understand the broader picture of the data in the system.
For instance, multiple types of sample might be taken from a single source subject, i.e. blood and urine from the same mouse. Relating data from different assays performed on the different types of sample might turn up trends or correlations not available from a single sample.
Similarly, each sample might have multiple sources, such as a blood sample from a certain patient who visited a certain lab location during participation in a specific study. If that patient were part of other studies, or changed which lab they visited to submit samples, tracking sources would provide additional context to your data.