Our QuickStrips are microtiter plates that contain ready-to-load DNA or dye samples, and are covered by a thin layer of foil. QuickStrips are great for students who are learning the basics of pipetting and electrophoresis. Here are some quick tips and tricks for using our quickstrips!
- As soon as you receive your QuickStrips, store them in a refrigerator at 4°C. This will help prevent samples from evaporating over time.
- Check to see if all the wells contain the same volume of DNA samples. If the QuickStrip is a bit older, some evaporation can occur. If it does, you can supplement the evaporated volume with DI water. Each well should have 45 uL of sample, so subtract 45 uL by the volume of sample in your well to determine how much DI water to add.
- If your sample has completely evaporated, you can dilute it with 45 uL of DI water; however, if the QuickStrip is over a year old, it is recommended to purchase a new one.
- If you have some DNA samples left over in each well, and you wish to save it for another gel, cover the wells with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until the next time it’s used.
Steps for Using a QuickStrip
- Tap the QuickStrip against a flat surface to get all DNA samples to gather at the bottom of the wells.
2. Puncture the foil overlay with a pipet tip.
3. Take up the desired volume of the DNA sample with a pipet.
4. Load DNA samples onto a gel.
Interested in learning more about QuickStrips? Check out the following Ready-to-Load DNA Electrophoresis experiments to learn more!