The Microplate Layout
describes the positioning of the samples on the microplates
associated with the test.
The layout corresponds to how the physical microplates
were or will be pipetted when the data is acquired.
The microplate layout is specified using group types
and group numbers. All wells with the same sample type
and group number are replicates and are considered as
belonging to the same group.
For example, a Quantitative application may require a microplate
layout with Standard, Blank, Unknown, Pos and Neg Control
group types. There may be 8 Standard groups, 1 blank group,
1 Pos and 1 Neg Control, with the rest of the microplate filled
with Unknown groups. If the assay uses duplicates then each
group will occur in two wells. In this example wells A1 and
A2 may be occupied by replicates of the group "Standard1".
|Within Manta each group type is represented by a particular
colour and each group number by a number in the well.
Manta places no restriction on the positioning of wells within
the layout - replicates do not need to be adjacent. However
group numbering must start at 1 and ascend sequentially.
For Unknown group types Sample IDs can be specified.
For assays running across multiple microplates, microplate
layouts can be defined for microplate sequences.
The microplate layout can be modified after readings have been made if pipetting errors have been made.