We work in our laboratories with nucleic acids, DNA, RNA, etc. Their separation is usually processed by bonding to the magnetic particles, which are then magnetically separated. Magnetic separation is routinely performed with simple attaching magnet to the tube. Such method of separation is however time-consumed, user-unfriendly and one can work only with one tube/sample at the time. Therefore, we started thinking about a smarter solution, which would allow work with more samples at the time and which would do separation of magnetic particles faster, user-friendly, and more precise.
Based on our experiences and requirements, we have constructed first functional prototype. This prototype was immediately tested in our daily practice in laboratory. After consultations with other colleagues and testing various modifications, we have designed and constructed UniTrap. Universal laboratory equipment that can be used with all commonly used plastic tubes (nominal volume from 0,2 ml up to 15 ml), that is user-friendly and allow proceed fast and precise magnetic separations in several (24 samples in the case of 0,2 ml tubes) tubes at the same time.