Documenting Gels; Inexpensive alternatives?

Mon May 17 12:16:09 EST 1993

Dr. Tim Chipman of Acadia Univeristy (Canada) recently posed a question 
on whether any one has used scanner to document gel pictures.
I have used regular Apple flatbed scanners to document the polaroid 667 pictures of agarose gels and polyacrylamide gels which were stained with silver.  We lose
a little bit of resolution and clarity I think, but if you have a good gel, you
can live with this little loss.  We import the image into Macintosh - Aldus
freehand, and it is very easy to write labels, molecular weights etc.  With 
more sophisticated image analyzers, you could also of course do more 
sophisticated analysis with the gel data.

C. S. Prakash
Tuskegee University
(205) 727 8023
Prakash at

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