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Dispendix I.Dot L Liquid Handler

Dispendix, a Bico company, has launched the I.Dot L, a new version of the I.Dot non-contact dispenser to better address genomics applications such as next-generation sequencing library prep and qPCR. The I.Dot dispenser has traditionally enabled researchers to dispense up to 96 different samples or reagents at a volume range of 8 nL to tens of microliters. The I.Dot L platform features source wells with an increase volume of 500 uL compared to the historical 80 uL capacity, allowing researchers to use fewer wells, reducing plastic waste and reagent consumption, the company said.

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