Automation comes slowly in the world of 2D gel electrophoresis. As most proteomics researchers know, 2D gels are far from hands-off — and far from headache-free. But several companies are now attempting to automate the post-separation sample purification and transfer steps associated with preparing proteins for a mass spec. The goal: less busywork for bench scientists, and more low-abundance peptides in their results.

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