Gene Pulser Transfection Apparatus

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Description (Brief)
These objects are parts of the Gene Pulser, one of the first commercial electroporators. Manufactured by Bio-Rad, the Gene Pulser was on the market from 1986 to 1995.
Electroporation is a technique used to get drugs, proteins, DNA, and other molecules into cells. The method works by delivering a controlled electric pulse to cells in a solution. The pulse causes cells to briefly open pores in their cell membrane and take in molecules around them. The process is particularly useful in the creation of transgenic organisms.
The tan box with the black display seen in the first photo is the pulse generator, the part of the Gene Pulser that produces the electric pulses for electroporation. The white chamber seen in subsequent photos is the shocking chamber, used to hold samples for electroporation.
Accession File
Gene Pulser Product Manuals
“Electroporation Makes Impact on DNA Delivery in Laboratory and Clinic.” Glaser, Vicki. Genetic Engineering News, September 15, 1996. pp. 14–15.
“Electroporation applications: Special needs and special systems.” Ostresh, Mitra. American Biotechnology Laboratory. January 1995. p. 18.
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date made
Bio-Rad Laboratories
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 26 cm x 30.4 cm x 19 cm; 10 1/4 in x 11 15/16 in x 7 1/2 in
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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