Rainin, a Mettler Toledo company, has launched the Fliptube microcentrifuge tubes, which are designed to help life scientists in research settings to reduce the risk of sample cross contamination.
Fliptube's design allows it to be held, opened and closed with one hand using an extended hinge projection.
With the same hand that holds the Fliptube, a researcher simply applies a slight downward thumb pressure to the extension to open the lid.
Sample or reagent can then be pipetted into the tube using the opposing hand.
Finally, an upward thumb flip closes the Fliptube.
Researchers can also use the same simple motions to manipulate the easy-open seal while Fliptube devices rest in a standard tube rack.
Not only does this one-handed motion allow a researcher to quickly prepare one tube and move to the next, using one hand also makes it almost impossible for the interior of the lid or tube to come into contact with laboratory gloves.
This lowers the accidental cross-contamination risk, improving accuracy and helping to ensure the repeatability of results.
Further ensuring the easy-open tube produces contamination-free results, Rainin manufactures Fliptubes in clean-room conditions from virgin polypropylene.
The RNase- and DNase-free microcentrifuge tubes are autoclavable at 121C and can be stored at temperatures as low as -80C without danger of compromising the tube seal's integrity.
High thermal and chemical resistivity helps to protect samples and further ensures repeatable outcomes, according to the company.
Fliptubes are manufactured with a maximum volume of 1.5ml.
Exhibiting graduated lines for every 0.5ml of volume, Fliptubes are available in sterile and non-sterile clear as well as non-sterile red, blue, yellow and green to assist in sample codification.
Frosted side and lid writing surfaces are said to further improve sample tracking.
Lids can be pierced for use with automated sampling devices or needle syringes.
Fliptube microcentrifuge tubes fit all standard racks and centrifuges and can withstand up to 20,000g centrifugation.