Serum is the fluid extracted from whole blood after the blood cells, platelets and clotting factors have been removed. It contains many components such as glycosylated and non-glycosylated proteins, immunoglobulins, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and a variety of salts and vitamins. Being such a complex fluid, serum is difficult to work with when performing clinical assays, whether using manual or automated processes. Physicians and scientists rely on accurate data and conclusive results to make critical decisions related to patient health, but because of the unique rheological properties of serum such as viscosity and density, it is difficult to achieve the results needed.
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