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A Simple Way to Label Your Own Antibodies

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-13-2014

Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of its ReadiLink antibody labeling kits, one of the market’s simplest antibody conjugation solution for labeling microscale amounts (50–100 µg) of antibody. These kits are ideal for researchers interested in labeling their own antibodies for flow cytometry and cell sorting applications.

Using the ReadiLink antibody labeling kits, researchers can label their antibodies in two easy steps. The protocol takes only 70 minutes, and the labels are as bright and photostable as traditional dyes. Bio-Rad offers 10 different fluorophores whose excitation/emission wavelengths range from UV to infrared.

ReadiLink antibody labeling kits permit fluorophore conjugation of antibodies in two simple steps.

“The labeling kits will benefit a wide range of researchers,” said Mary Ferrero, Bio-Rad Product Manager in the Gene Expression Division, Life Sciences Group. “ReadiLink antibody labeling kits are ideal for researchers who are using a rare antibody, are interested in an antibody that is not commercially available with the appropriate fluorophore, or who want to label an antibody with a fluorophore that will fit into their multicolor flow cytometric experiment.”

Bio-Rad also offers additional reagents and consumables for each step of flow cytometry experiments, such as the ReadiDrop™ cell viability assays and primary antibodies.

For more information about Bio-Rad’s antibody labeling kits, please visit www.bio-rad.com/antibodylabeling.

Droplet Digital™ PCR Applications for Next Generation Sequencing

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 03-05-2014

Bio-Rad Introduces Bio-Plex Manager™ MP Software Upgrade for All MAGPIX Multiplex Readers

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-20-2014

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. announced the release of its Bio-Plex Manager MP Software Upgrade, which runs on all Luminex-based MAGPIX readers. Users of Bio-Rad’s Bio-Plex® MAGPIX™ instruments have already benefited from the ease of use and improved instrument performance that Bio-Plex Manager MP software brings to multiplex experiments, and now, with Bio-Plex Manager MP Software Upgrade, these benefits are available on all Luminex-based MAGPIX readers.

Over the past decade and a half, life science researchers have relied on Luminex bead-based immunoassays to gain more information from less sample in less time. Bio-Rad’s years of experience with xMAP technology have provided the company with in-depth knowledge and an understanding of the needs of multiplex users, including their desire for automation and a simplified user experience.

The Bio-Plex Manager MP Software Upgrade brings the benefits of Bio-Plex Manager MP software, including automated instrument management, to all Luminex-based MAGPIX readers.


The Bio-Plex Manager MP Software Upgrade brings the benefits of Bio-Plex Manager MP software, including automated instrument management, to all Luminex-based MAGPIX readers.

Bio-Plex Manager MP software offers an automated instrument management function, a unique feature that guides routine maintenance of the instrument based on its current status and performance. This automated feature ensures high quality data and optimal performance by:

  • Automatically loading start-of-day maintenance routines based on instrument status
  • Monitoring performance during data acquisition, alerting the user of performance issues, and resolving those issues
  • Recommending simple stepwise troubleshooting

All of these benefits are now available for all Luminex-based MAGPIX readers through the Bio-Plex Manager MP Software Upgrade.

For more information on Bio-Rad’s Bio-Plex product portfolio, please visit www.bio-rad.com/bioplex.

Purifying Untagged Protein With Ease

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-10-2014

High purity protein is a common requirement for biochemical and structural studies. A common approach is to recombinantly express an affinity-tagged version of the protein of interest. This is, however, not always a viable option. Some proteins are unstable or inactive once tagged or require posttranslational modifications that do not permit recombinant expression. In these cases, researchers often settle for lower purity protein rather than exhaustively explore purification options, since the purification optimization process can be time and labor intensive when no particular column resins or buffer conditions are dictated by an affinity tag.

Bio-Rad Laboratories has recently released a study demonstrating how to purify untagged protein to high homogeneity without undergoing laborious manual troubleshooting steps. Bio-Rad’s ChromLab software can be programmed to execute several runs sequentially thereby automating and accelerating this tedious process.

To learn how to purify untagged protein with ease read Protein Purification Workflow Development Using Bio-Rad’s NGC™ Chromatography System.

Using Droplet Digital™ PCR to Diagnose Leukemia

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-20-2014