I need to buy media to prepare agar plates, which I will be using to grow colonies after transformation (molecular cloning). Which product would you recommend?

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We offer two options:

The first is our formulation of LB agar (catalog number 22700-025), which has LB Media and agar mixed together. This comes in a 500g and 2.5 kg size. All you have to do is measure out, add water, and autoclave.

The second option is even easier. Our imMedia™ comes premeasured in pouches. We have three types: imMedia™ Amp Agar, Kan Agar and Zeo Agar for ampicillin, kanamycin and Zeocin™-containing plates. All you have to do is empty the pouch, add water, heat and pour plates. No autoclaving is needed! Each pouch contains sufficient reagents for 8-10 plates.

imMedia™ Amp Agar, 20 pouches, Q601-20

imMedia™ Kan Agar, 20 pouches, Q611-20

imMedia™ Zeo Agar, 20 pouches, Q621-20

For added convenience, you should also check out our LB medium imMedia™ products: (Each pouch makes 200 mL of media)

imMedia™ Amp Liquid, 20 pouches, Q600-20

imMedia™ Kan Liquid, 20 pouches, Q610-20

imMedia™ Zeo Liquid, 20 pouches, Q620-20

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What are the effective concentrations for the antibiotics, IPTG, and X-gal in your imMedia™ products?

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The effective antibiotic concentrations in imMedia™ is: Ampicillin - 100 ug/ml, Kanamycin - 50 ug/ml, Zeocin - 25 ug/ml. Plates for blue/white color selection contain: IPTG - 100 ug/ml, X-gal - 100 ug/ml.

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What is in imMedia™?

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imMedia™ is supplied in individual ready-to-use pouches. Each pouch contains low-salt LB medium components, with or without agar, and antibiotic (Ampicillin, Kanamycin, or Zeocin™). The imMedia™ Blue products also include IPTG and X-gal for blue/white colony screening. To maintain the activities of heat-sensitive media components (i.e. antibiotics, IPTG, and X-gal) during and after microwave heating, imMedia™ contains special heat stabilizers.

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Is imMedia™ sterile?

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Yes. The components in each imMedia™ pouch are pre-sterilized by irradiation. This allows for preparation of sterile medium without autoclaving.

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Do I have to use sterilized water and flasks to prepare imMedia™?

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No. While sterilized water and flasks are preferred in all medium preparation, we use deionized water and clean, washed flasks in our quality control experiments to test the sterility of imMedia™. The pre-sterilized imMedia™ components, microwaving process, and the presence of antibiotic ensure that the medium maintains sterility during overnight incubation.

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How do you test imMedia™?

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To ensure the consistency and quality of imMedia™, each lot is tested for sterility, E. coli growth support, and selection efficiency using E. coli strains that carry the appropriate antibiotic resistance marker. imMedia™ must display the same growth support and selection efficiency as conventional LB medium. imMedia™ Blue products are further tested to ensure efficient blue color development. Colonies grown on agar plates prepared with imMedia™ Blue medium must develop a deep blue color within 16 hours of incubation at 37 C.

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What is the shelf life of imMedia™?

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imMedia™ is provided in sealed pouches and should be stored at room temperature. When stored properly, the stability and quality of imMedia™ is guaranteed for six months.

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How can I tell whether or not detergent in a sample can be removed with Prosorb® Sample Preparation Cartridges?

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If the detergent identity is known, look up its CMC (critical micellar concentration); a table of these is listed in the Biological Detergents section of the Sigma-Aldrich® catalog. If you are above the CMC, the detergent forms micelles that cannot be removed by the filtering membrane, so the sample must be diluted prior to application to the Prosorb® Sample Preparation Cartridges.

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