Courtesy of BD Biosciences Clontech

Palo Alto, Calif.-based BD Biosciences-Clontech's Nucleo-Spin DNA extraction systems received a design update – this spring, making the popular kits more user-friendly and cost-efficient for labs with both high- and low-throughput applications http://www.clontech.com.

"We've changed the format of the eight-well strips so they look and handle identical to the 96-well plate," says product manager Linnea Hager. The eight-well strips and 96-well plates are now designed for use with the same vacuum manifold, making it easy for users to swap between high-throughput and low-throughput applications. Alternatively, the kits can be used with a centrifuge.

The eight-well strips assemble to form a 96-well block. Clontech's vacuum and centrifuge starter kits for the new eight-well strips includes reusable "dummy" strips for stability, so users can choose the number of samples they want to run.

- Lissa Harris

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