Cuvette for Gene Pulser

Description (Brief)
This cuvette is used to hold samples for the Gene Pulser, one of the first commercial electroporators. Electric pulses of differing field strengths can be achieved by using cuvettes of differing electrode gap sizes—the wider the gap, the smaller the pulse.
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 genetics in research related to transgenics and gene therapy.
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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Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1.3 cm x 1.3 cm x 5.4 cm; 1/2 in x 1/2 in x 2 1/8 in
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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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