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The D-DiGit Gel Scanner

Get complete nucleic acid gel analysis documentation without the hazards

Safeguard Your Lab and Research

Minimize exposure to hazards like ultraviolet light and ethidium bromide when imaging nucleic acid gels. Acquire data using safer LED detection technology that does not damage your samples.

Strengthen Your Data

Get the complete picture without compromising data quality. Excellent sensitivity provided by the optical system and fluorescence chemistry lets you detect even minute quantities of sample with confidence.

Streamline Your Workflow

Get the most out of your gel imager. Scan gels, small and large; excise bands; document your work; and visually analyze data; all on a single, compact platform.

Safeguard Your Lab and Research

Safer Imaging Alternatives

Eliminate the risk of ethidium bromide exposure and workspace contamination from your nucleic acid gel analysis experiments. The D-DiGit Gel Scanner enables safe and convenient detection of DNA and RNA samples stained with fluorescent safe stains, like SYBR® Safe.

Safe stains are sensitive and environmentally-friendly alternatives to ethidium bromide. Added either during gel preparation, or as a post-electrophoresis stain, safe stains eliminate the need for hazardous disposal and hassles associated with ethidium bromide.

Safe stain imaging of nucleic acid gels on the D-DiGit yields detection sensitivity comparable to ethidium bromide on a UV transilluminator.

The D-DiGit detects a variety of safe stains that have an excitation maxima of approximately 490 nm and emission greater than 520 nm. See a list of compatible safe stains.

A. Gel stained with GelRed

B. Gel stained with SYBR Safe

C. Gel stained with ethidium bromide

A dilution series (1:2) from 250 ng to 2 ng of NEB 1kb DNA ladder was loaded in lanes 1-8 on three separate agarose gels and electrophoresed. Gels A, B, and C were stained post-electrophoresis, with 3X GelRed (Biotium), 1x SYBR Safe (Invitrogen), and 0.5 µg/ml ethidium bromide, respectively. The D-DiGit Gel Scanner was used to image gel A at 12X exposure setting, followed by Gel B at 4X exposure setting. Gel C was imaged on UV transilluminator (UVP).

UV-Free Imaging

DNA fragments exposed to UV light during gel imaging and band excision could be nicked or damaged, resulting in lower cloning efficiencies1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Upgrade to safer, high-sensitivity LED detection that does not interfere with cloning and downstream processing of excised fragments.

Additionally, a non-UV light source eliminates the risk of accidental UV exposure during gel visualization and band excision.

“…researchers often assume that the damage caused by visualizing DNA on a UV transilluminator has little effect on subsequent DNA manipulations. However, several reports now make it clear that exposure of DNA can have a significant detrimental effect on downstream protocols involving cloning and biological activity.”

Paabo, S et al.2

Strengthen Your Data

See More with Excellent Sensitivity

Get excellent sensitivity to detect minute quantities of DNA and RNA on agarose gels. Engineered with a blue LED light source and high-resolution CCD detectors, the D-DiGit Gel Scanner detects as little as 0.04 ng of nucleic acid per band.

With a non-UV light source, you get safe and sensitive detection that does not interfere with downstream cloning applications.

Get Convenient Imaging and Analysis Capabilities

The D-DiGit Gel Scanner comes fully configured, so you don’t need to assemble parts, or transition between separate viewing and gel extraction platforms. Just place your gel on the scan area and perform your analysis. For convenience, a viewing shield is provided with the scanner.

Streamline Your Workflow

Improve Protocol Efficiency

Consolidate your nucleic acid analysis on a single system dedicated to high-sensitivity gel imaging. The D-DiGit Gel Scanner provides a large scan area to visualize most medium and larger format gels. Nucleic acid band extraction and imaging can be performed directly on the scan surface.

Download the D-DiGit Image Acquisition software at your workstation for easy image capture and archiving. With a user-friendly interface and a range of exposure times, imaging gels is quick and convenient.

The D-DiGit software captures images that are compatible with LI-COR Image Studio™ and Image Studio Lite software for further data quantitation, analysis, and annotation.

Gel viewing
Band excising

Perform your nucleic acid gel analysis with a safe, consistent, single-system workflow.

Non-UV detection technology provides better cloning efficiency for downstream applications. Get your D-DiGit Gel Scanner today.

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  1. Grundemann, D.; Schomig, E. BioTechniques 1996, 21, 898–903.
  2. Paabo, S.; Irwin, D. M.; Wilson, A. C. J. Biol. Chem. 1990, 265, 4718–4721.
  3. Hartman, P. S. BioTechniques 1991, 11, 747–748.
  4. Cariello, N. F.; et al. Nucleic Acids Res. 1988, 16, 4157.
  5. Hoffman, L. EPICENTRE Forum 1996, 3, 4–5.
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