The price of biotin has increased 50X

Dave Gilbert gilbertd at VAX.CS.HSCSYR.EDU
Tue Dec 6 08:20:25 EST 1994

In 1992, I was buying biotin-11-dUTP for less than $210.00 per mg.
Sometime in 1993 the price increased to greater than $11,025.00 per mg. A
rep. at Sigma said that it had something to do with a patent dispute
involving the original developper of the reagent biotin.  For my purposes I
switched to BrdUTP for the majority of my experiments and saved my precious
biotin-11-dUTP for experiments where I had no choice, hoping that this
dispute would be resolved.  I am about to run out of my stock and I see
that the price has not changed.  Does anyone know what is going on?

Dave Gilbert
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SUNY Health Science Center
750 E. Adams St.
Syracuse, N.Y. 13210
Tel:(315) 464-8723
FAX:(315) 464-8750

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