[Histonet] RE: use of microwaves

Pixley, Sarah (pixleysk) PIXLEYSK <@t> UCMAIL.UC.EDU
Wed Oct 12 12:20:52 CDT 2005

 Dear All:
I wondered if anyone that is currently using microwaves to heat samples
has considered using a sand dry-bath for heating? The molecular
biologists have all switched to those and they are really great. They
are just heaters with a well that you put a good quality sand in. They
can heat the sand up to 130 degrees centigrade.  Then you stick your
sample in the sand. The heat is very consistent. You can have something
go to close to boiling almost instantly, without the muss and fuss of a
hot water bath (or a microwave). Aside from a few bits of sand getting
out, they are very civilized and clean. And they take up FAR less
counter space than a microwave. Just a thought, but it is from someone
who is not doing HIER. 

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