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Maastricht University Science Programme Uses SDI’s Syngene G:BOXChemi

Published: Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 07, 2013
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To help students to rapidly master complex molecular biology imaging.

Scientific Digital Imaging’s Syngene Division has announced that one of its G:BOX Chemi imaging systems is being used at Maastricht University as part of their science bachelors programme to train students how to rapidly master a range of molecular biology imaging techniques.

Students at the Chemelot Campus of Maastricht University are using a G:BOXChemi system to accurately image proteins extracted from mosses, tropical leaves and insects run on Coomassie blue stained gels or blotted onto chemiluminescent Western blots.

This approach is allowing the students to quickly and easily analyze a range of proteins seen in the natural environment.

Paul Lemmens, Lab Coordinator (Chemelot Campus), Maastricht Science Programme said: “Our Science Bachelors Programme allows our students to undertake plenty of practical laboratory work. Being able to understand and perform molecular biology techniques is crucial for many scientists today, and we wanted an imaging system that would allow our students to easily switch applications, to train them to analyze a range of different gel and blot types.”

Lemmens continued: “We assessed two imaging systems but felt that the Syngene system’s software was much easier for the students to use with minimal training. From using the G:BOXChemi we have found the quality of the apparatus is very good and our enthusiastic students can now use the system without any difficulty.”

Laura Sullivan, SDI’s Syngene Divisional Manager commented: “At Syngene we realize that not everyone using image analysis is an expert at understanding how cameras work to image gels and blots. This is why we developed our GeneSys software to make it easy for a novice to set the conditions up to get perfect images of their research with our G:BOX systems. We’re delighted that Maastricht University has seen the benefits of using this software and their use of the system shows how well suited a G:BOXChemi image analyser is for any university molecular biology programme to use in training the next generation of high calibre life scientists.”

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