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Microplate Array Format Uses Are Limitless

Posted by Steve Fillers on Jan 19, 2016 3:12:00 PM

Amazing Applications for Microplates

Dr. Gyula Takatsy is credited for invention of the microplate in 1951 as a means to increase throughput Microplate_Array_Formatsand reduce the material requirements for running influenza detection assays. Since then, microplates have been considered a first step in automating various process. If you can get it to work in a test tube, chances are very good that you can increase productivity by employing microplate technology. Beyond just holding liquids, solids, and cells, some very clever applications* have been adapted to the microplate array format, as you'll discover in the examples below.

Amplifiers – enhanced absorbance:

Aquariums – zebrafish:

Circuit boards – chips:

Crystal incubators – proteins:

Flower pots – Arabidopsis:

Hot tubs – PCR cycling:

Metabolic chambers – H ion and O2 levels:

Photo bombs – scintillation:

Pulverizers – plant and seed mills using ball bearings:

Shock therapy - capillary electrophoresis:

Tissue traps – spheroids:

Watering Holes – cell perfusion:!divAbstract

Water pistols – liquid transfers:

Water parks – microchannels:

Ideas and Innovations

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Topics: Microplates, Microplate Array, Microplate Array Format