What is the difference between a Life Science microplate reader and a High-Throughput Screening (HTS) microplate reader

September 10, 2012

Basically sample throughput HTS instruments can measure 96 or lower microplates, but they are designed to measure higher density microplates like 384-, 1536- and 3456-well.

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Dr EJ Dell
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Life science instruments, on the other hand, are designed to measure 6- to 96- well microplates. Most life science instruments can still measure 384- or 1536-well microplates, but they are designed for lower density formats.  HTS instruments are also designed to measure microplates faster than life science readers, in order to increase throughput.


Most assays and applications can be measured on both categories of instruments, but HTS microplate readers usually have a lower limit of detection, therefore lower concentrations can be used.


For more information on the different BMG LABTECH microplate readers click here.

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