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Science  06 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5954, pp. 875
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_875a

ICP Emission Spectrometers

The iCAP 6200 inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometer is an affordable, dual-view instrument designed for routine analytical laboratories. The iCAP 6200 enables powerful analyses using a range of preoptimized sample introduction settings and provides the capability to handle low to moderate sample numbers in a wide variety of application areas, including environmental, food, and beverage testing. The instrument's optimized purge gas distribution system results in a dramatically reduced gas consumption rate. The Enhanced Matrix Tolerance torch design provides powerful performance while minimizing routine maintenance and also contributes to reducing plasma gas consumption.

Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectrophotometer

The Vacuum Ultraviolet Analytical Spectrophotometer (VUVAS) is for wavelength dispersive spectral measurements from 120 nm to 350 nm. The VUVAS provides results as percent transmission or reflection, with precision of 0.05 percent. It works with solid samples and can be equipped with gas or liquid sample cells. Available options include cryogenic or heated sample mounts and raster-mapping attachments. It can maintain theta/2-theta geometry for specular reflectance or deviate from it to measure scatter or dispersive events. A single detector collects reference data as well as the final transmission or reflectance measurement. The ability of the VUVAS to prove spectral and photometric precision in situ provides high-confidence results.

Disposable Cuvette

The Eppendorf UVette is an ultraviolet-transparent disposable cuvette that now offers a larger optical window, open side walls, and easy-to-read path-length indication. The UVette offers purity, convenience, and precision for spectrophotometric analysis in the ultraviolet and visible range. The new shape of the UVette is particularly suited to measurement of precious samples, quantification of low concentrations, and recovery of samples for downstream applications. The larger optical window reduces stray light effects and enhances the UVette's compatibility with instruments from other suppliers.

Multivolume Spectrophotometer System

The Epoch Multi-Volume Spectrophotometer System provides monochromator-based absorbance measurements in volumes as low as 2 µl. The system includes the Epoch Microplate Spectrophotometer and the Take3 Multi-Volume Plate, controlled via Gen5 software. The system is designed for the life science laboratory that has multiple users, multiple assays, and the need to preserve precious nucleic acid and protein samples by using very small volumes for quantification. With its wavelength range of 200 nm to 999 nm, the spectrophotometer provides outstanding performance in nucleic acid and protein quantification, wavelength scanning, end point and kinetic measurements, and well-area scanning in 6-well to 384-well microplates. The Take3 plate allows users to measure up to 16 2-µl samples, two BioCells, or a standard cuvette.

Microplate Reader Package

The Anthos Instant Microplate Solution contains all the microplate instrumentation needed to run enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and other microplate-based assays. It is suitable for laboratories that handle a large number of absorbance-based assays and need the flexibility to adapt to future techniques. It includes the Zenyth 200 Microplate Reader with a cuvette ultraviolet/visible light spectrophotometer. This versatile monochromator-based instrument reads 6-well to 384-well plates at any wavelength from 190 nm to 1000 nm, with temperature control. The Fluido 2 four-channel microplate washer handles up to four different wash buffers, up to 50 different programs, and 20 different plate types, including strip plates and round-bottom wells. The package includes analysis software and a laser printer.

Microplate Labeler

A new microplate labeling system is designed for automated on-demand, barcode print-and-apply applications in life science laboratories. The Agilent Microplate Labeler combines the speed and label applicator of its popular predecessor with a thermal label printer that provides 600 dpi resolution, crisp images, and an expansive array of one-dimensional and two-dimensional coding symbologies. It features high-precision registration, a tensioned peeling system that ensures label backings stay taut, and durable die-cast aluminum construction.

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