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July 14, 2014

Product Resources

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.

Staying alive
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.

Click here to read more about microplate readers.

Product of Interest

Glass Expansion Niagara Plus CM 

The Niagara Plus uses Flow Injection technology to reduce analysis time, environmental impact and operating cost:

  • Lower argon consumption
  • Reduced cost of consumables such as torches, cones, RF coils, pump tubing, acids, standards and chemicals
  • Lower power consumption
  • Reduced stress on RF system and lower maintenance cost
  • Less down-time for cleaning carbon from torch when analyzing organics
  • Less chemical waste to dispose of
Read more about the Niagara Plus CM on the Glass Expansion website.

 Multi-Prep Rapid Homogenizer System

Free up your valuable lab time by homogenizing with the Multi-Prep Rapid Homogenizer and significantly increase your laboratory productivity.

  • Rapid automated multi-sample homogenizing
  • Process up to 6 samples at the same time
  • Samples homogenized in seconds
  • Store up to 10 different programs
  • Easy Load Spider Tube Racks 15ml and 50ml tubes
  • Can perform 60 oscillations per minute
  • Automated engagement & disengagement of Probes
  • Multi-Prep Probes ensure great results while avoiding cross contamination
  • Compact design, occupies small footprint

Visit the PRO Scientific website to learn more about the Multi-Prep Rapid Homogenizer System

Help your Colleagues

Plenty of discussions are happening on LabWrench all the time. We have many questions come in daily from users that are seeking advice from fellow users and lab professionals on LabWrench. Can you help any of these users find the answers they are looking for?

Tecan Infinite 200 PRO NanoQuant question
We have just purchased the infinite pro system with C02. What is the required C02 pressure that we should hook up? Share your knowledge.

Beckman Coulter DTX 800/880 scanning question
Can 384 well plates be run using linear or area scan? Our machine lets me run it and data looks good but my supervisors found a comment in the user manual we have that says only 96 well will work. I need a bit more solid proof that this is possible. Something in writing maybe in a user manual with upgraded software. Any idea? Help this member.

Using a Molecular Devices FlexStation 3 Microplate Imaging System to measure flourescence.
Could you give me a run through of how to set up the flex station to measure fluorescence? I am measuring cell adhesion. Click to respond.

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Company News Hot Off The Press

High Vacuum Benchtop Solvent Evaporator

The EZ-2 Elite Centrifugal Evaporator from Genevac has been designed to provide unmatched final drying of stubborn samples and fast lyophilisation of HPLC fractions. Read more.

Valveless Methanol Metering Pump for Wastewater Denitrification

For small and mid-size treatment facilities, Fluid Metering, Inc’s (FMI) valveless QDX metering pump is the answer for low volume addition of methanol for nitrate removal in wastewater effluent. Read more.

Introducing Epoch 2 Microplate Spectrophotometer

Touch. Run. Done. No tiny screen, external PC, or limited onboard UV-Vis protocols here! Epoch 2 provides a 10" color touch screen, full-featured Gen5™ Data Analysis Software and precision optics at a smart price. This new workstation is ideal for reading microplates, cuvettes, BioCells and micro-volumes for quick and simple measurements of virtually all photometric applications. Easily view data, and export via WiFi, Bluetooth or flash drive. The BioTek Epoch 2 keeps it simple. Read more.

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Sponsor of the Week

Thank you TECAN for sponsoring the Microplate Reader category on LabWrench

Tecan is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics, and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of instruments and automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer, Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies.

Visit the TECAN website to see their full line of innovative life science solutions.

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Questions from the Vault

We have so many questions filling our forums that sometimes questions can be missed and go without answers. Can you help us provide answers for these users with unanswered questions?

Berthold Detection Systems Orion II setup
I have an old microlumat lbv96. I have some difficulties in setting it up.
Can anyone out there help me? Share your knowledge.

Beckman Coulter PARADIGM™ for Calcium Flux Detection
Would you please tell me whether Beckman Coulter PARADIGM™ could be used in calcium flux detection? I would like to use this instrument to detect calcium change during calcium channel open and close, but I don't whether this machine could do this job. Share your experience.

Molecular Devices/Beckman Spectramax Paradigm - any experiences?
Does anyone have any experience to report with Paradigm technology in multimodal spects (either from Beckman-Coulter or new owners Molecular Devices). Reliability? Bugs? Problems? Especially needed for UV/VIS, Fluorescence Polarization, Fluorescence Intensity, FRET. Wish for input before purchasing. Reply by clicking here.

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