Why do you need different microplates when measuring DNA and protein using 260 and 280 nm absorbance measurements?

September 03, 2012

When performing absorbance measurements in the UV range (<400 nm), UV clear microplates are needed for accurate measurements.

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Dr EJ Dell
PhD, Sales Manager Northwest

The most common microplates are made of polypropylene or polystyrene and these materials absorb light in the UV range. Therefore, DNA/protein quantitation that require measurements at 260/280 nm need a material that will not absorb UV light.


There are several types of UV-transparent microplates, including:


  • Greiner UV-Star® Microplates
  • Corning® UV Microplates
  • Aurora High Performance Microplates


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