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Finding the right antibody for the job

Vivien Marx

Scientists interviewed by Nature Methods say that troubleshooting their experiments frequently involves returning the antibody vial to the supplier. Antibody companies tend to be untroubled about this practice. Money-back guarantees and no-questions-asked exchanges or credits for buyers are common in this competitive marketplace populated by over 350 companies.

As they address the expanding needs of researchers, antibody companies are refining how they help researchers find the quality antibody for their purposes, increasing interactions with customers and adding validation methods. Separately, scientists who have learned hard truths about antibodies offer tips on how to be a discerning antibody shopper.

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Nature Methods, 10, 703–707 (2013)

doi:10.1038/nmeth.2570

 Published online: 30 July 2013