Gene Pulser Pulse Controller

Description (Brief)
This pulse controller is part 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.
The pulse controller unit is used with the pulse generator (object number 1998.0018.01) for electroporation of bacteria and fungi.
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.
Sources:
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pulse controller
maker
Bio-Rad Laboratories
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20.3 cm x 22.8 cm x 14 cm; 8 in x 9 in x 5 1/2 in
ID Number
1998.0018.03
accession number
1998.0018
catalog number
1998.0018.03
subject
Biotechnology and Genetics
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Biotechnology and Genetics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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