There should be a better system for lab pods than the one in place. They never get used except the free one. It's obviously too expensive for the demand.
Please figure out a better way for us to use the pods in the lab than charging us gems. Make it by gold or food or gold and food and make that seriously expensive with an option to pay gems instead.
Its useless feature just sitting there mocking every player for its expense. Please make it usable.