The Finnpipette Vacupette, available from Labsystems of Needham Heights, Mass., is a vacuum pipettor for use in tissue-culturing techniques or in situations in which aspirating by vacuum suction is required. The Vacupette is designed to replace traditional glass pipettes. The user attaches a tube from the top of the pipette to a vacuum system. The liquid is aspirated by a disposable tip through the pipettor to a waste container. According to the manufacturer, the Vacupette reduces risk of contamination because the laboratory technician doesn't have to exit or enter the hood once the process is started. Moreover, tips are never handled by the technician and are discarded after each use. The Vacupette is designed to be autoclavable without any special preparation: The...
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