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Bead Beating Performance

Bead Beating Performance: Mechanical Tube Strength in Extreme Conditions

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Bead beating is a homogenization process used to break up, or lyse, samples to extract the DNA, RNA, and/or proteins within their cells. During the bead beating process, samples are placed into tubes with the appropriate grinding beads and then subjected to high energy mixing. The beads eventually break down the samples to their cellular level, releasing sub cellular contents. When using Micronic tubes for bead beating, researchers can rest easy knowing that only their samples will break down, not their tubes. In this tech note, several tests are performed on Micronic tubes to determine their mechanical strength during bead beating.