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Simple Robotic Imager for Multi-well Plates
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Poster Title: Simple Robotic Imager for Multi-well Plates
Submitted on 30 Mar 2016
Author(s): Michael Zawrotny and Thayumanasamy Somasundaram
Affiliations: Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4380
This poster was presented at 2016 Pittcon
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Abstract: Growing crystals of bio-macromolecules suitable for solving the 3-dimensional structure consist of finding a few conditions out of thousands on multi-well plates. This necessitates automated imaging, sorting, and scoring. Available commercial imagers are expensive and feature both proprietary hardware and software that are unsuitable for modifications. We built a simple robotic imager to accomplish these tasks while keeping the cost low, streamlining the design, and using open-source software and some 3-D printed hardware. Our design will allow many structural biology labs to build their own imager rather than depending upon a costly commercial product available only in a Core Facility. The imager’s capabilities can easily be extended to many multi-well platforms and areas such as PCR and cell culture.
Summary: We built our simple robotic imager that is flexible in design, easy to assemble, makes use of low-cost components, with open-source software and hardware. Our design will allow many structural biology labs to build their own imager rather than depending upon a costly commercial product available only in a Core Facility.
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