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Applied Biosystems® ArcturusXT™ Microdissection System Flexible & Modular Laser Capture Microdissection

Overview of the Applied Biosystems® Arcturus® Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) Process

Viability of the IR laser-enabled Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) technique has been shown fora variety of different cell types. The procedure is remarkably simple and robust and available exclusively with Applied Biosystems® Arcturus® Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) instruments. Any Arcturus® LCM system can be used, including the new, open and modular ArcturusXT™ . The Arcturus® LCM method is extraordinarily gentle and ideal for microdissection of single cells or small numbers of cells. This system uniquely combines LCM and UV laser cutting for ultimate microdissection flexibility.

Simple four-step process to capture cells and recover biomolecules


  After locating the cells of interest, a CapSure® LCM Cap is placed over the target area. Pulsing the laser through the cap causes the thermoplastic film to form a thin protrusion that bridges the gap between the cap and tissue and adheres to the target cell. Lifting of the cap removes the target cell(s) now attached to the cap. The isolated cells are now available for extraction of biomolecules.


Complete System for Microgenomics

Applied Biosystems® combines Arcturus® Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) systems, instruments and microgenomics reagents to give you the industry’s only complete solution for your microgenomic research requirements.

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