sequencing gels

Shahram Mori smori at
Tue Nov 21 23:13:58 EST 1995

o.   van-ham (ovanham at wrote:

: I had a similar prooblem some time ago.  It drove me nuts; I'd have a 
: beautiful gel that would fall apart when I'd separate the plates.  The 
: problem turned out to be that I wasn't letting the gel sit long enough 
: after pouring.  I would pour the gel first thing in the morning, and run 
: the gel early afternoon.  If you're not already doing so, I'd recommend 
: pouring the gel at the end of the day, and running the gel in the 
: morning.  This seems to give the gel enough time to adhere properly to 
: the bind-silane coated plate.  Good luck.

I don't think this is the problem. I have run my sqcing gels even 3hrs after
I poured them. The problem might lie in:

1) Unclean plates.
2) not treating one of the plates.
3) Cheap Whatman 3MM paper.
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Shahram Mori
Program in Molecular Biology
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Box 3C
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces NM

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