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Title: Multiple capillary biochemical analyzer with barrier member

A multiple capillary biochemical analyzer is disclosed for sequencing DNA and performing other analyses, in which a set of capillaries extends from wells in a microtiter plate into a cuvette. In the cuvette the capillaries are held on fixed closely spaced centers by passing through a sandwich construction having a pair of metal shims which squeeze between them a rubber gasket, forming a leak proof seal for an interior chamber in which the capillary ends are positioned. Sheath fluid enters the chamber and entrains filament sample streams from the capillaries. The filament sample streams, and sheath fluid, flow through aligned holes in a barrier member spaced close to the capillary ends, into a collection chamber having a lower glass window. The filament streams are illuminated above the barrier member by a laser, causing them to fluoresce. The fluorescence is viewed end-on by a CCD camera chip located below the glass window. The arrangement ensures an equal optical path length from all fluorescing spots to the CCD chip and also blocks scattered fluorescence illumination, providing more uniform results and an improved signal-to-noise ratio. 12 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
392644
Assignee:
Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Canada) PTO; SCA: 550200; PA: EDB-96:167743; SN: 96001682429
Patent Number(s):
US 5,567,294/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-593,877
Contract Number:
FG02-91ER61123
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 22 Oct 1996
Research Org:
University of Alberta
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; DNA SEQUENCERS; DESIGN; DNA SEQUENCING; BIOCHEMISTRY; CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

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