Top List: Key cell biology lab products reviewed by our scientists

From everyday reagents to state-of-the-art tech, find reviews on a range of cell biology lab products and services

18 Jan 2023

Choosing the right lab equipment can be a complex decision. That’s why SelectScience® lab product reviews can be a valuable tool, enabling you to make an informed choice and hear what other scientists involved in cell biology have to say about the lab products they use every day.

Recently, the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) conference took place in Washington DC, a unique meeting focussed on cell biology and the fundamental basis of biology. So, we’ve pulled together some reviews on notable laboratory instrumentation for cell biology research that could benefit your lab’s workflows. From live-cell analysis and flow cytometry to custom products and reagents, find out what kind of experiences other lab manager, researchers and laboratory technicians have had with these products.

by BioStatus Limited

"DRAQ5 is simple to use since a washing step is not required. It provides a strong signal and good visualization of cell nuclei when used in confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Its red fluorescent spectrum makes it a suitable stain to work with in conjunction with other common blue and green stains as signal overlap can be avoided." Joachim Kjesbu, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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"I have been using this reagent for more than ten years. This product is superior to other cell storage reagents. The viability is much higher than classic FBS/DMSO and other cell storage reagents. The cells can be stored at –80°C without reducing their viability for more than one year (and more). You don't need to wait long to get healthy cells from your frozen stock." Motohiko Kadoki, Broad Institute.

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DNA/RNA Shield™
by Zymo Research

"This is a great product for storing my DNA for research. I have no trouble at all with using this product and I cannot wait to use it again." Bruce Boles, Montana State University.

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Celloger® Mini Plus

"The program is intuitive, and reasonably quick and easy to get started. The ability to be able to visualize fluorescent signal as well is a big plus." Sona Relovska, Yale University.

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Analysis Systems 
by Sartorius Group

"We have been using the Incucyte machine for over 3 years now and I have to say that this machine by far is the best and easiest to use for functional assay as well as for screening of libraries. The quality of the output is great, and I would surely recommend this to my collaborators and networking conference attendees." Taral Lunavat, University of Bergen.

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MACSQuant® Analyzer 10 Flow Cytometer 
by Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG

"Excellent product! Would definitely recommend it. I have been using Miltenyi MACS-Quant flow cytometer for more than 5 months and have been very happy with it. Very easy to use, sensitive and fast. The best part is the auto compensation feature. Also having it with the tested Miltenyi Ab panel, makes it much easier to use." Sayantan Maji, UF.

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by Axion Biosystems

"The Omni is a great device for following organoid growth and morphogenesis over time across multiple conditions. The ability to image entire plates in the incubator allowed us to capture unique events and generate large data sets at ease." Ary Marsee, Utrecht University.

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QUANTOM Tx™ Microbial Cell Counter
by Logos Biosystems

"This is *the machine* to go for if you're looking to do quick microbial cell counts. The workflow is intuitive, fast, and accurate. I cannot say enough great things about the QUANTOM Tx." Todd Spigener, Kula Bio.

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