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New SNAP i.d. 2.0 System for Immunohistochemistry Minimizes Slide Handling
Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck, has introduced the SNAP i.d.® 2.0 Protein Detection System for Immunohistochemistry (IHC), which streamlines immunohistochemistry workflows and significantly decreases slide handling time.
The system enables parallel processing of up to 24 tissue slides at a time, making it easier to apply consistent conditions and reduce potential process variability inherent in manual IHC methods.
The system's intuitive format reduces slide handling and speeds wash steps during blocking, washing, antibody incubation and labeling. A controlled vacuum force removes solutions evenly from all slides at once, in seconds. This approach systemizes the handling of multiple slides, reducing slide-to-slide process variation without incurring the costs of automation. The protocol produces robust and consistent staining, without causing tissue degradation or the blotchy artifacts that sometimes plague autostainers. This system is compatible with standard IHC slides and protocols, as well as diverse tissue preparations, including formalin-fixed or fresh frozen samples.
The system's vacuum-driven technology has already been proven to facilitate immunodetection workflows. The SNAP i.d.® 2.0 System for Western Blotting has long helped customers optimize their Western blotting experiments, reducing membrane handling and producing faster results. Using the new system, Western blots and IHC experiments can be performed in parallel.
"Immunodetection, which has multiple steps and many variables, can be subject to process variability, leading to costly repeats," said Patrick Schneider, Ph.D., Head of Bioscience. "Because this vacuum-driven system minimizes slide handling, it saves researchers time and resources by reducing process variability and conserving valuable samples and reagents."
To conserve precious antibodies, the SNAP i.d.® 2.0 system enables the manual addition, as well as the removal and recovery, of small volumes of antibodies. Recovered antibodies can be used multiple times, as application studies have already shown.