Thursday 10th November 2011

New UltraSlim-LED safe gel transilluminator for highly sensitive imaging of a range of fluorescent dyes without using UV

Syngene is delighted to introduce the UltraSlim-LED blue light transilluminator, a high-intensity LED light transilluminator, which allows scientists safe, sensitive viewing of a wide range of fluorescently stained DNA/RNA gels.

The compact UltraSlim-LED transilluminator uses LEDs to produce an Epi-blue light with a narrow emission peak centred at 470 nm. This is not only safer but is comparable to UV for the excitation of most fluorescent dyes, including Ethidium bromide, GelRed, GelGreen, SYBR Gold, SYBR Green, SYBRSafe, and Syngene’s new UltraPower DNA safe dye.

The UltraSlim-LED can be used as a portable transilluminator on the bench as the system is easy to lift, takes up very little bench space and scientists do not have to worry about stray UV light causing retinal and skin damage. The transilluminator is also compatible with any Syngene gel documentation system, allowing users to produce high quality images for publication or analysis.

The transilluminator features a special built-in glass filter lid, providing optimum viewing conditions for band cutting. Additionally, since LED illumination is not as damaging to DNA as UV, even after long exposure times, scientists could improve the cloning efficiency of DNA fragments they extract from gels viewed on an UltraSlim-LED transilluminator.

Laura Sullivan, Syngene’s Divisional Manager stated: “Isolating DNA is probably among the most basic things molecular biologists regularly do and we are pleased to introduce our UltraSlim-LED illuminator as it offers a way of safely viewing stained gels, either on the lab bench or inside a gel doc system.”

Laura concluded: “Using high-intensity blue light eliminates the dangers of using UV, does not damage DNA fragments and yet illuminates even the faintest of bands. This makes the UltraSlim-LED transilluminator an essential purchase for molecular biologists wanting safe, effective imaging of their fluorescent gels.”

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