Courtesy of Genomic Solutions

Genomic Solutions http://www.genomicsolutions.com of Huntingdon, UK, recently released a new Plate Arraying module compatible with its BioRobotics MicroGrid II and GeneMachines Omni-Grid Accent contact printers.

Company spokesperson Jeremy Clarke says users who print microarrays typically load the arrayer with glass slides and print the sample onto each one, with one slide representing one experiment. Plate-arraying technology allows the user to print as many as 1,000 features per well of a 96-well plate (450 per well of a 384-well plate). Using the technology with the MicroGrid II, which can handle 16 plates, researchers can therefore prepare more than 6,000 arrays in parallel.

Åke Borg of the department of oncology, Lund University, Sweden, recently purchased the system to print oligonucleotides onto 96-well plates. His laboratory currently prints whole-genome arrays on microscope slides for gene-expression screening, but he was looking for a system that would allow for smaller-scale applications....

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