Blasting Sheets, ACCELL Gene Gun Accessory

Description (Brief)
Mylar blasting sheets function as an energy transfer device for the Agracetus ACCELL gene gun, a device for creating transgenic plant cells. In the gun’s design, water droplets are transformed by a high-voltage shock into a shock wave. The wave hits these blasting sheets, on which gold particles covered in DNA are resting. The sheet, along with the particles, is accelerated forward from the shock wave. Eventually the sheet hits a screen that stops the sheet, but allows the particles to continue forward to hit the target cells. For more information see the Agracetus gene gun prototype (object 1993.054.01).
Accession File
U.S. Patent 5,120,657. “Apparatus for genetic transformation.” Published 9 June 1992.
Currently not on view
Object Name
blasting sheets
inventor of prototype to accell gene gun
McCabe, Dennis
Physical Description
mylar (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1.5 cm x 5.6 cm; 19/32 in x 2 7/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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
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