15 September 2008
Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched its software for its automated Experion electrophoresis system, which enables fast and high resolution results for protein, RNA, and DNA separations.
The new software optimises these processes by providing easy access to the setup, running, and data analysis functions of the system.
An important feature of the software is its RNA quality indicator (RQI), which standardises sample integrity for microarray and quantitative real-time PCR analyses with a one to 10 ranking. The method works well over a wide range of RNA concentrations, is reproducible, and is applicable to a wide range of mammalian tissues. With the new software, researchers can quantitatively assess the integrity of RNA samples before embarking on labour-intensive and costly projects.
Other key features of the software include: a user-friendly graphical interface; manual peak integration; easy-to-find run files that enable chronological storage, sorting, and retrieval of run data with the logical and flexible, tree-view browser; the ability to tag and label electropherograms by simply using a right click of the mouse; customised reports; results that can be exported as spreadsheets, text, and XML and compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista operating system
Benefits users can expect from the Experion software include automatic calculations of size, concentration, and percent of total sample for each peak or fragment. Using the new software, users also have the ability to calculate relevant statistics such as mean, standard deviation, and per cent CV for measuring reproducibility. Self-training tools are available with the software.