Courtesy of Chemicon International

Small research labs that can't justify spending tens of thousands of dollars on a sophisticated automated immuno-histochemistry (IHC) staining system can still Courtesy of Chemicon International benefit from more standardization. Enter the IHC Select Manual Staining System, released last October by Temecula, Calif.-based Chemicon International http://www.chemicon.com.

Chemicon's device, which has a list price of $1,495 (US) for the basic kit, holds 40 capillary-gap slides with a special coating that allows them to wick up reagent evenly and consistently from a tray. "A lot of laboratories do this procedure over a sink or in a box, dropping reagent on by hand," says product manager Terri Borree. "With this system, everything is controlled by being a single batch."

Galen Hostetter, director of the microarray lab at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., has been using the Chemicon system since last fall; he says it is...

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