In 2009, several people in Mangala village, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, contracted acute hemorrhagic fever, and a novel rhabdovirus, Bas-Congo Virus or BASV, was detected in one of the serum samples. The precise mode of transmission remained unclear, but health officials were worried that BASV was emerging as a human [...]
Discussion of research comparing manual vs. Western blot automation. The automated Western blot increased signal to noise ratio and signal intensity.
The push for greater reproducibility, competition for grants, and pressure to publish increase, using automated Western Blot processing is now a necessity.
Until recently, processing Western blots has been the same since 1979. New advances are making it possible to automate some parts of the process.
Hands-free, automated Western blots processed with the BlotCycler™ optimizes shaking, washing, and antibody incubation and eliminates nonspecific bands.