Nucli Sens Extractor

This instrument (bioMerieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France) is able to extract DNA and RNA, and has been designed for a highly variable initial sample volume from 10 up to 2000 mL. The concentration factor can be up to 55-fold, e.g., a 2000-mL sample volume input can be eluted in 35 mL. The closed system minimizes carryover and environmental template contamination. Plasma, serum, whole blood as well as urine, semen, feces, and sputum can be analyzed within 45 min per run, and up to 10 samples can be processed within one run.

The extraction protocol is based on a method described by Boom et al.[14] After lysis of the samples and addition of silica, nucleic acids bound to the silica are captured on a filter by applying air pressure on the closed sample

Table 1 Comparison of eight different workstations for automated nucleic acid extraction concerning assay duration, maximal number of samples, processing volume, and price

Duration per run Maximal number of Processing Approximate price of

Workstation (maximal sample load) samples per run volume workstation

Table 1 Comparison of eight different workstations for automated nucleic acid extraction concerning assay duration, maximal number of samples, processing volume, and price

Duration per run Maximal number of Processing Approximate price of

Workstation (maximal sample load) samples per run volume workstation

EZ1 (Qiagen)

15 min

6 samples

25-1000 mLa

U.S.$35,000

BioRobot 9604 (Qiagen)

2 hr

2 x 96 samples

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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