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Frozen Aliquotters

No, the sample will not thaw inside the coring probe. Since both the probes and parent samples are kept at -80C, there is not enough time or  temperature difference to thaw the partial sample during extraction.

It takes approximately 1 minute to core a sample. This includes the time it takes to hit the core bottom and then deposit the core in the destination tube.

No. The serrated edges of the coring probe lose their sharpness after 1 core. This means that consecutive cores will become jagged and more difficult to eject.

Once the instrument is up to temperature, you have a working time of 1 hour before the next fill.

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The LN2 tank is a 5-liter tank – it holds up to 4 liters of LN2.

The CXT 353 can extract up to 5 frozen aliquots from a single 2.00ml vial.

The CXT 353 works with a wide range of tubes and sample containers. Adapters can be customized to fit individual tube/container types.

The CXT 353 can be used in several areas of research within the life science industry. Research areas include: bioanalysis to preserve biomolecular integrity, microbiome research to preserve integrity of fecal samples, molecular pathology to enhance tissue processing, and biobanking to increase sample utility and access to rare samples.

The CXT 353 can core a wide range of sample types including tissue, feces, serum, plasma, whole blood, urine, and other biofluids.