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GADGET WATCH | A Better Bottle?

Courtesy of USA Scientific

Glass reagent bottles may be standard fixtures in the lab, but they are not without problems. Their height can make them awkward to use, especially in a hood, and their narrow openings do not easily accommodate micropipettes. USA Scientific's new reagent bottles address these concerns.

The Ocala, Fla.-based company's durable polypropylene Smart Bottle™ "combines the convenience of a pipetting reservoir with the higher volume and secure closure of a bottle," according to product literature. The bottle is shaped like a skewed rhomboid, which allows the user to angle it so that the entry is either at the side or at the top. Rock it forward to create a side entry for disposable micropipette tips, or rock it back to create an opening on top...

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