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Instruments available for use: Biology

BioRad DNA Thermocycler

BioRad DNA Thermocycler

Manufacturer: BioRad

Model number: DNA Engine

Model number: SSB 171 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Randall Hicks; 218-726-8438; rhicks@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: The DNA Engine is a 96 well thermocycler that also uses a heated lid for oil-free operation plus the following features: Improved Hot Bonnet heated lid incorporates a thumbwheel to adjust height and pressure. This feature assures tight sealing of reaction vessels — even microplates — during oil-free thermal cycling. Precise Peltier-effect heat pumps — robustly designed for repeated cycling — deliver the full temperature range of 0-100C electronically, in a compact instrument with a footprint that measures 24cm x 28cm x 27cm high. Speedy ramping rates of; up to 1.4¡/sec in models that hold 0.2ml tubes or V-well plates; Unparalleled temperature homogeneity: ±0.4C within 30 seconds of arrival @ 60C for all standard models.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Biological Safety Cabinet

Manufacturer: NuAire

Model number: NU-5629-400

Model number: Life Science 306 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Frank Maragi, 726-7035; marag006@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: The gastight 30% exhaust / 70% recirculated air cabinet minimizes cross contamination of biologicals of low to moderate risk assessment in the absence of volatile toxic chemicals and protects the laboratory professional and environment from exposure to biologicals and/or chemical agents within the work zone.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Class II Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet. Training is required before operation. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

CHNS Analyzer

CHNS Analyzer

Manufacturer: Thermo Electron Corp.

Model number: CE Elantech Flash EA

Model number: SSB 92 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Donn Branstrator; 218-726-8134; dbranstr@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: FlashEA 1112 NC Analyzers deliver rapid, precise and environmental-friendly determinations of nitrogen and carbon in geological and agriculture materials such as soils, sediments or particulate materials obtained by filtration of sea, river, lake, or tap water. Unlike traditional techniques, operations with FlashEA 1112 NC Analyzers do not involve any toxic or polluting substances.

User charges: $3.00 per sample

Other useful information: A minimum 2 hour training session is mandatory. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Coulter Counter

Multisizer 3 Coulter Counter

Manufacturer: Beckman-Coulter

Model number: Multisizer 3

Model number: SSB 180 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Julie Etterson; 218-726- 8110; jetterso@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: The Multisizer 3 Coulter Counter is a versatile particle size analyzer for a multitude of size range materials. It provides size and volume distributions in number, volume, surface area and mass, with an overall range of 0.4µm-1200µm. The Multisizer 3 uses the Coulter Principle (Electrical Sensing Zone Method) to measure particle volume, a direct measurement of a physical property of the particle. High-speed digitalization of the signal allows the use of pulse area analysis and other techniques for additional particle characterization. The resulting measurement data can be analyzed and formatted in numerous ways, or stored and re-analyzed at a later date with no need to analyze the sample again. The measurement data for each particle analyzed is stored. The instrument automatically corrects for coincidence.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Dissolved Carbon and Nitrogen Analyzer

Dissolved Carbon and Nitrogen Analyzer

Manufacturer: Shimadzu

Model number: TOC-VCSH

Model number: SSB 92 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Donn Branstrator; 218-726-8134; dbranstr@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: Measures: total organic carbon; total carbon; total Inorganic Carbon; Non-Purgeable Organic Carbon; Purgeable Organic Carbon; TN (Total Nitrogen).

User charges: $ 2.50 per sample

Other useful information: A minimum 2 hour training session is mandatory. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Growth Chamber

Growth Chamber

Manufacturer: Percival

Model number: AR-66L

Model number: SSB 86 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Clay Carter and Julie Etterson; 218-726-7347; cjcarter@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: The growth chamber provides over 30 sq ft of shelf space and has been modified to achieve varying light intensities as needed.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Liquid Scintillation Analyzer

Liquid Scintillation Analyzer

Manufacturer: Perkin Elmer

Model number: Tri-Carb 2900 TR

Model number: SSB 90 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Randall Hicks; 218-726-8438; rhicks@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: The Tri-Carb® family of liquid scintillation analyzers are bench top instruments for measuring small amounts of beta, gamma and alpha radioactivity. All Tri-Carb models feature QuantaSmart instrument software for the Windows® XP operating system running on an internal Pentium® PC.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Microbalance

MicroBalance

Manufacturer: Mettler-Toledo

Model number: MX5

Model number: SSB 92 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Donn Branstrator; 218-726-8134; dbranstr@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: TheMettler Toledo MX5 is an innovative ultra-microbalance, providing optimal weighing performance, user friendliness and quality standards.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5.1 g
  • Readability: 1 µg
  • Taring range: 5.1 g

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

BioRad Molecular Imager FX w/ Screen Eraser K

BioRad Molecular Imager FX w/ Screen Eraser K

Manufacturer: BioRad

Model number: Molecular Imager FX

Model number: SSB 271 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Clay Carter; 218-726-7347; cjcarter@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: PC or Mac, 100/240 V, includes Quantity One software, sample tray set, 605DF50 and 640DF35 fluorescence filters

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Nanodrop UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

Nanodrop UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

Manufacturer: Nanodrop

Model number: ND-1000

Model number: SSB 271 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Matt Andrews; 218-726-7271; mandrews@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: This spectrophotometer can accurately measure nucleic acid concentrations from one microliter samples and is used for routine analysis of nucleic acids and other assays as needed.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

Nikon Eclipse 80i Epifluorescense

Nikon Eclipse 80i Epifluorescense

Manufacturer: Nikon

Model number: Eclipse 80i

Model number: SSB 168 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Randall Hicks; 218-726-8438; rhicks@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: The Eclipse 80i delivers remarkably high signal to noise ratios, which produces high quality fluorescence images. The microscope is equipped with a digital imaging system.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party.  Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.  Additional charges may apply.

Real-Time Thermacycler

Real Time Thermocycler

Manufacturer: Corbatt RotorGene

Model number: RG3000

Model number: SSB 128 (map)

Faculty member in charge of instrument: Matt Andrews; 218-726-7271; mandrews@d.umn.edu

Description of instrument and special capabilities: This instrument is available to perform quantitative RT-PCR experiments.

User charges: n.a.

Other useful information: Training is required before operation. All disposable items required for operation are the responsibility of interested party. Any damage caused to the instrument during operation is the responsibility of the user to repair or replace.

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