Plenty of gel documentation systems on the market include everything but the kitchen sink, from built-in transilluminators and bundled software to dedicated computers for data analysis. Trouble is, not every lab needs or can afford these bells and whistles. Sensing an increased demand among budget-conscious researchers for component-based, modular systems, Syngene of Frederick, Md., developed the GeneFlash, a basic but versatile gel documentation system for white-light and UV applications.

The GeneFlash features a CCD camera and a full mini-darkroom capable of accommodating gels up to 20 x 30 cm. It is designed with a minimal footprint – the mini-darkroom has a sliding, not a swinging door, and can accommodate any bench-sized or mini transilluminator.

Controlled by an internal microprocessor that allows it to capture images and print them directly to a thermal printer without the aid of a computer, the GeneFlash system features an 8-bit, non-cooled, CCD monochrome camera...

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