Bio-Rad Announces New Human Primary Cell Transfection Protocols


HERCULES, CA — November 21, 2008 — Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, announced today 12 new protocols for electroporation of human primary cells and primary cell lines. The cells include T-cells, neutrophils, and several B-cell lymphomas. The conditions for electroporation were developed using Bio-Rad's Gene Pulser MXcell electroporation system and Gene Pulser electroporation buffer. The protocols can be viewed in Bio-Rad's Transfection Protocol Online Library at

About Gene Transfer
Gene transfer is a general term used to denote transfection or transformation — the transfer of new genetic material into a cell. Bio-Rad offers several tools for gene transfer including electroporation, lipid-mediated delivery, and particle delivery. Electroporation is a valuable tool for nucleic acid delivery because it can be used for a wide variety of cell types, in particular, primary cells and cells that are difficult to transfect. Lipid-mediated delivery is widely used for mammalian cells. Particle delivery is useful for plant tissues.

About Bio-Rad
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) has remained at the center of scientific discovery for more than 50 years manufacturing and distributing a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned worldwide among hospitals, universities, major research institutions, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for its commitment to quality and customer service. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California, and serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs approximately 6,500 people globally and had revenues approaching $1.5 billion in 2007. For more information, visit

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