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
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 an enormous improvement over the over-the-sink procedure. "IHC isn't a terribly exact science as it is. You need every bit of standardization and uniformity you can get, or it gets to be a real nightmare," says Hostetter. "It's a great tool for the research laboratory, and it's affordable."
- Lissa Harris