New Gel IIluminator Offers Alternative to UV and LED-based Light
Jan 09 2023
The next-generation Gel-Bright™ Laser Diode Gel Illuminator from Biotium was developed in partnership with light and optics instrumentation company OMEC Medical. Designed to offer a better alternative to UV and LED-based gel imaging, the Gel-Bright™ Laser Diode Gel Illuminator features a novel laser diode-based illumination technology that offers exceptional performance for a wide selection of fluorescent dyes, and does not require laser safety glasses.
In close partnership with Biotium scientists, OMEC Medical developed the new Gel-Bright™ to offer sensitive gel imaging for both green and red dyes without relying on hazardous UV light. The incorporation of laser diodes enables stronger and more focused illumination, allowing brighter and more efficient excitation for a wide range of fluorescent dyes. As a result, the Gel-Bright™ Laser Diode Gel Illuminator offers better sensitivity over UV-based transilluminators when imaging green dyes such as GelGreen® or SYBR® Green/SYBR® Safe, as well as significantly better performance over blue LED gel illuminators for red dyes such as GelRed®, ethidium bromide (EtBr), and One-Step Lumitein™ Protein Gel Stain.
The Gel-Bright™ Laser Diode Gel Illuminator contains 12 laser diodes that are positioned at an optimal angle for consistent and uniform illumination of the gel. Safety glasses are not required because the amount of laser light that could enter the eye’s pupil is below the CDRH limits. In addition, an adjustable multi-hinged amber filter provides optimal signal-to-noise and can be moved into a lower position for gel imaging, or a higher position for easy access when excising bands. With convenience in mind, the gel illuminator also has a compact and portable design for easy transport and minimising occupied space on benchtops.
Each purchase of a Gel-Bright™ Laser Diode Gel Illuminator will include a free sample of GelRed® Agarose LE and GelGreen® Agarose LE. These are safer and more convenient pre-coated agarose formats that remove the extra step of adding dye to your agarose.
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