Oakland, California — 30th May 2013 — As part of the International Barcode of Life Project, the largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken, the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB) has chosen METTLER TOLEDO and its Rainin Liquidator 96 to fulfill fundamental roles in numerous liquid handling procedures required to process DNA samples. Manual control of aspiration and dispensing, as well as the instrument’s flexible working platforms, helps the lab achieve the precision and processing speed it requires.
“The Liquidator 96 system allows you to control the pipetting speed for slow aspiration and dispensing. You can also change volumes in a single motion and move to the next step without interruption. This prevents the introduction of air bubbles and contamination,” said Dr. Natalia Ivanova, lead DNA scientist, CCDB. Avoiding rework is critical, because the CCDB processes about 300,000 samples per year from animal, plant and fungal sources following a typical DNA extraction and PCR amplification workflow.
Between twenty and forty 96-well sample plates per day are handled using the Liquidator 96. The Liquidator is used for DNA extraction, DNA amplification using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) cycle sequencing, PCR reaction set up and cycle sequencing product cleanup.
Four working platforms allow easy movement between samples in process. To see a free, four-part video series on the use of Liquidator 96 by the CCDB and see how this manual system is significantly enhancing sensitive genomics workflow throughput, visit www.mt.com/Liquidator-CCDB.
For more on how Liquidator 96 can generally enhance biotech processes, visit www.mt.com/liquidator96.
About METTLER TOLEDO
Rainin Instrument, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of METTLER TOLEDO, a leading supplier of precision instruments and services worldwide. Rainin pipettes have long been the largest selling brand in North America and consistently ranks among the top premium pipette brands in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. METTLER TOLEDO is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. It holds top three market positions in several related analytical instruments and is a leading provider of automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. The company is also the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of metal detection and other end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging. Additional information about Rainin and METTLER TOLEDO can be found at www.mt.com.
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