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Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has launched a new system which aims to reduce PCR cleanup time and semi-automate the process. The EMnetik 24 system, which utilises electromagnets, can streamline the PCR cleanup process while helping to eliminate errors.

The system comprises EMnetik 24, the EMnetik PCR Cleanup Kit and EMnetik Plasmid Purification Kit. Magnetic bead-based technology is used in the stationary device to clean nucleic acids, with touchpoints in the cleanup process reduced by 80 per cent – from 300 down to 50 – in comparison to other products.

The system, which can run between 1-24 samples at once can expedite the cleanup process, which typically takes around 30 minutes, by achieving it in as little as 16 minutes.

Dr Brittany Niccum, Commercial Product Manager in Beckman Coulter’s Genomic Reagents Biotechnology Business Unit, commented: “For early lab students it can be a hard lesson learned to write on the vial, only to have the ethanol wash drastically smudge the writing.”

“I remember as a young scientist the errors this created in my runs, and the frustrating time it added to the process. We’re excited to introduce this innovation and bring DNA cleanup into 21st century.”

According to Beckman Coulter, the EMnetik system provides a significant upgrade to PCR cleanup for the synthetic and molecular biology sectors, with the last workflow update coming in 1991.

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