ABI 3100 DNA sequencer: lifespan of reagents

Roland Varecka roland.varecka at vie.boehringer-ingelheim.com
Mon Nov 19 08:04:31 EST 2001

Hello Jenny,
that is exactly our experience. Since the number of samples that we 
receive for sequencing fluctuates considerably from week to week, a 
syringe full of POP-6 gel sometimes lasts for up to 5 weeks (and sits 
there at room temperature). 
All we change regularly after 6-8 runs is the buffer, so that we keep 
the EP current below 90-95 microamperes. Also for the capillary arrays,
we have gone far beyond stated lifespan (300 runs).

Jenny wrote:
> Has anyone experimented with extending the suggested lifespan of ABI
> 3100 reagents? Please share your experiences with me.
> For example, Applied Biosystems recommends that one should replace any
> of their propietary polymer that has sat on the ABI 3100 for more than
> 1 week. Because it costs >$400/7ml, and we are not using the sequencer
> at more than 10% of it's capacity (ouch!) we have experimented with
> using the POP6 polymer for up to 3 weeks. We have found that sequence
> data beyond ~500 bases declines somewhat but it is still quite
> acceptable.

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