Comb, Electrophoresis

Description (Brief)
This white plastic electrophoresis comb has 17 tines. Scientists at Genentech, a biotechnology company, made this comb themselves in the late 1970s by cutting it out of a sheet of plastic.
Electrophoresis combs are used to create the wells in gels for electrophoresis, a technique that uses the electrical charges of molecules to separate them by their length. It is often used to analyze DNA fragments. When a gel is poured, a comb is inserted. After the gel solidifies, the comb is removed, leaving wells for samples.
Object Name
comb, electrophoresis
user
Genentech, Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/4 in x 5 7/16 in; 3.175 cm x 13.81125 cm
used
United States: California, South San Francisco
ID Number
2012.0198.16
accession number
2012.0198
catalog number
2012.0198.16
subject
Science & Mathematics
Biotechnology and Genetics
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Biotechnology and Genetics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Genentech

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