Life Technologies Corporation debuted the life science industry’s first benchtop sample preparation system designed to increase productivity while eliminating manual and contamination-related challenges traditionally associated with protein and epigenetic protocols. The Invitrogen MAGic Sample Processor enables researchers to cut protocol time in half, dramatically reduce experimental errors, and perform technically challenging experiments in protein purification and epigenetics.
Protein purification is a series of processes to isolate a single type of protein from a complex mixture, which is typically a biological tissue or microbial culture. The purification process is critical for characterizing function, structure and interactions of proteins. Research scientists also utilize protein purification in epigenetics to understand how proteins regulate DNA and RNA transcription. While initial applications of the MAGic Sample Processor are in protein isolation and epigenetics, including the isolation of recombinant proteins and immunoprecipitation of large DNA-protein complexes, the system is uniquely flexible to meet a variety of genomic and proteomic applications.
The MAGic Sample Processor houses innovative microfluidics, thermal controls and integrated magnetic separation technology, which allows researchers to easily automate their protein purification and epigenetics methods without relying on centralized facilities. The benchtop system is capable of simultaneously handling 12 samples using a proprietary cartridge to reduce variability commonly attributed with traditional manual approaches, and easily runs standard or customized protocols. Additionally, the system is combined with new reagents based on the company’s leading proprietary Dynabeads® magnetic separation technology.
“The MAGic Sample Processor is designed to address reproducibility challenges in research,” said Nicolas Barthelemy, President of the Life Technologies Cell Systems Division. “Scientists are under pressure to be more productive and MAGic, along with our other benchtop devices such as the iBlot Dry Blotting Device and the BenchPro 4100 Western Processing Device, is enabling researchers to spend less time doing repetitive work and more time where it matters – analyzing their results.”
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