Product Focus: Microplate Readers
Life scientists started using microplates in the 1950s, with some of the first ones literally machined from solid blocks of plastic. You don’t need to wander around a molecular biology lab long today to see the progress in microplates, some now including thousands of wells.
Cell-based assays require cozy new features
Beyond the number of wells, biologists also use many plates. To analyze the contents, scientists use microplate readers, and they are advancing just as rapidly as the plates—probably even more so. The most sophisticated microplate readers help scientists take care of their samples while they analyze them. In addition, advanced devices provide more analytical capabilities.
When asked about the most interesting new features in microplate readers, Xavier Amouretti, manager, product marketing at BioTek Instruments (Winooski, VT) says, “Cell-based assays drive most of them.” He adds, “More and more, people in research labs are working with live cells in microplates.” In many cases, a life scientist selects the live approach because it replicates biology in more realistic conditions.
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