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Science  26 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6204, pp. 1638
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6204.1638-a

Multilayer Flask

A new five-layer cell culture flask has been developed to fulfill the need of the growing number of applications that require large numbers of cells. While single layer flasks are well proven for small-scale cell culture scale up, their use can become laborious and time-consuming when large numbers of cells are required. Offering a sterile growth area of 870 cm2 in a compact footprint, the new five-layer cell culture flask offers a high-performance solution to this application need. Porvair cell culture flasks combine the unrivalled optical purity of high-pressure molded 100% USP Class VI virgin crystal polystyrene with a patented low-pressure gas plasma surface treatment that allows cells to adhere more efficiently to the surface by reducing its hydrophobicity. The new five-layer cell culture flasks provide easy pipette access for direct addition of reagents and cells as well as efficient recovery of valuable cells and reagents.

Automatic Decapper/Capper System

The next generation Automatic Screw Cap DeCapper system is an innovative, easy-to-use device that provides automated decapping/capping of screw cap storage tubes in 96-tube racks in portrait or landscape formats. The device is able to cap or decap 96 Screw Cap tubes, in rows of 8 or 12, in just 60 seconds. The new device is able to provide an automated solution for Micronic screw cap tubes, screw caps, and low-profile screw caps. Micronic low-profile screw caps provide an unmatchable solution for facilities that need a space saving solution for their long-term sample storage at low temperatures. The Automatic Screw Cap DeCapper includes new features such as real-time process monitoring, and torque monitoring for optimal tube sealing, to enhance sample security. An innovative "secure mode" further enhances sample security by decapping and recapping only one row at a time, minimizing the time a tube is open and eliminating the risk of cross contamination.

Superresolution Microscope System

A new pulsed 775 nm STED laser with the superresolution system Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X achieves sub-30 nm resolution through pulsed stimulated emission depletion technology. The laser is an optional enhancement to the system. The Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X is based on stimulated emission depletion (STED) technology. The microscope system is flexible and versatile, and allows researchers to tune resolution in the lateral as well as the axial direction. The 775 nm pulsed STED laser is the most recent addition to the range of multiple STED lasers of different wavelengths. This new pulsed laser leads to a further increase in the resolution capacity of the Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X, revealing details in multicolor co-localization experiments that have never been seen before. The Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X is based on the modular platform Leica TCS SP8.

Imaging Software

Personalized automation is the key to managing complex multidimensional experiments, and the latest Olympus cellSens imaging software (version 1.11) seamlessly controls motorized hardware to allow effortless setup of complex acquisition sequences and protocols. The unique Graphical Experiment Manager interface allows the user to "draw" their experimental schematic on-screen with familiar "drag and drop" actions, enabling complete control and experimental setup of motorized components and accessories with almost no need for training. The capabilities of this intuitive interface are now expanded to the control of motorized stages, enabling the easy automation of multiposition experiments such as individual scanning protocols performed at different positions on a multiwell plate. Providing insights into a host of biological processes, additional new features of the software include online ratiometric analysis, delivering results in real time and control of rapid focusing devices for fast 3-D applications, while also supporting the latest cameras and image-splitter components.

Cell Strainer

Flowmi Cell Strainers are a new choice for processing small volume samples (less than 1,000 µL) for Flow Cytometer and Fluorescence-Assisted Cell Sorting analysis. These new, innovative cell strainers provide fast, efficient filtering with minimal sample loss while providing reduced risk of cytometer clogs. Available in 40 µm porosity, sterile Flowmi Cell Strainers can be used with a wide variety of 1,000 µL pipette tips. Simply press-fit a Flowmi onto the pipette tip containing the sample. After straining, a quick flick of the tip eject button sends the spent tip and strainer to waste collection. For maximum convenience, Flowmi cell strainers are packaged in a compact, covered tray and sealed in a zip-style bag. Product sterility can be maintained when opened and resealed in a laminar flow hood. The tray, which holds 50 Flowmi strainers oriented for immediate access, features a clear, sliding cover for easy, one-handed use.

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