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Microbiome Research

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Microbiome Research

The Human Microbiome consists of all of the good (symbiotic) and bad (pathogenic) bacteria that co-exist with human cells in our body. This is a rapidly expanding field of research as we learn more about the number, variety and nature of these bacteria. Because of their small size, the total weight of bacteria in the average human body is on the order of a few pounds. However, the actual number of bacteria that inhabit the average human body is staggering. The average human body contains roughly 10 trillion human cells, and over 100 trillion bacteria!

Anaerobic Operation:
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RapidPick SP in Anaerobic Chamber

Hudson Robotics can help researchers that are studying the microbiome with our unique, automated tools for bacterial colony-picking, sample preparation, DNA extraction, plasmid preparation and DNA normalization. Hudson Robotics’ RapidPick Automated Colony-Picking Systems and SOLO Robotics Pipettors are able to work inside anaerobic chambers, to relieve researchers of the unpleasant hours spent manually handling samples in the anaerobic environment.

Below is a picture of our DNA Extraction System:

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SOLO Liquid Handler

SOLO Liquid Handler

The Hudson SOLO™ liquid handling robot is an automated pipettor that can do anything expected of a hand-held pipettor perfectly, at about half the cost of other laboratory robotics platforms, without human error. The Solo works well below 1ul (1-3ul CV=1%; 0.25ul CV=4%). The Solo will fit into most biological safety cabinets and fume hoods. The SOLO can be loaded and operated manually, but is also compatible with robot loading systems from most manufacturers, including our PlateCrane EX.

Automated Extraction Systems (DNA, RNA and Proteins)

Automated Extraction Systems (DNA, RNA and Proteins)

Hudson Robotics has introduced another member of our expanding catalog of powerful systems designed to support genetic research efforts.  Our automated extraction system greatly simplifies the process of isolating pure nucleic acids and/or proteins from a wide variety of natural sources.

RapidPick Basic Colony Picker

RapidPick Basic Colony Picker

The RapidPick Basic  consists of the RapidPick MP colony-picking instrument only.  The RapidPick MP is the fastest, most accurate automated multi-pin colony picking system in the world.  The RapiPick MP is at the heart of the Complete and Lite systems which include robotic plate loading, media filling as well as other features, such as plate sealing in the RapidPick Complete Workcell. 

The RapidPick Basic unit is intended for researchers who need the accuracy and high outgrowth rates of the RapidPick colony-picker, but whose workload doesn’t require the added automation available in the Complete or Lite systems.    

RapidPick SP

RapidPick SP

Hudson’s RapidPick SP is a single-pin version of Hudson’s widely acclaimed RapidPick multi-pin colony-picker and re-arrayer. Like the RapidPick and RapidPick Lite, the RapidPick SP has all the features needed by users in today’s molecular biology environment.

RapidPick Harvester

RapidPick Harvester

Hudson Robotics has developed a unique, automated picker for microbial and fungal samples in microplates or omnitrays.  The RapidPick Harvester™ identifies and extracts sample plugs of stem cell clusters, microbial colonies, or fungal samples grown on agar or in semi-solid media.

External Links

Microbiome – Wikipedia
Meet your Microbiome – American Museum of Natural History
NIH Human Microbiome Project

Hudson Robotics Videos:

The following video shows the fully automated DNA Extraction System in action:

The next video shows a dry run of the MinPrep Plasmid preparation protocol on our DNA Extraction System:

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