Sharing a lab is kind of like sharing an apartment. There are great roommates (or labmates) and not-so-great ones. And sure, everyone knows the basics of lab best practices, but what about the unspoken rules—the ones you might not even know about until you've broken them? Those are the real landmines.
Beyond just being a bother, poor lab etiquette can lead to flubbed experiments and unsafe environments. The stereotype of the impolite benchmate is so persistent, in fact, that Nature wrote about the phenomenon in 2017.
So for the good of research and of fellow researchers everywhere, aim to be the best labmate you can be. These 10 tips can help you get there.