ABI 373 and dRhodamine kits (Response to
Tue Aug 19 08:31:52 EST 1997
Sorry for your troubles, Hans,
But you should realize that the different fluorescent dyes that are used
by the dye-Rhodamine kits require a special filter which cannot physically
be added to the ABI373 machines (hopefully their design technicians can
make a new filter wheel so you could 'upgrade' at a future time).
The virtual filter used by the present ABI377 machines is just that; it
uses the present configuration (different from the 373s) and applies some
sort of algorithm to be able to interpret the new data.
I agree, however that ABI is less than helpful in explaining all this, and
they do not provide good technical support, despite the many thou$ands of
dollars we spend in service contracts. This alone is a good reason for
retaliating by sending your business elsewhere.
I recommend the Thermosequenase sequencing kits (#US79765) from Amersham
($540/100 rxns) and contacting the Gel Company (1-800-256-8596) for
competitive pricing on glass plates.
caribou at u.washington.edu
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