MiniPCR Bio, Cambridge, Mass, a manufacturer of scientific tools for educators and researchers, launched the Gelato, an integrated DNA analysis system. Gelato combines gel electrophoresis with transillumination technology, allowing for simultaneous nucleic acid separation and visualization in a single, compact system. “Our users were asking for a tool that integrates the capabilities of professional lab instruments with the ease of use and compact size of our educational tools,” says Ezequiel Alvarez Saavedra, PhD, co-founder of MiniPCR Bio. “Gelato answers that call.” Despite a small footprint, Gelato’s range of casting options allows users to process up to 50 nucleic acid samples at a time. Its variable voltage built-in power supply allows for fast separation of DNA, and its integrated blue-light transilluminator makes it safe for use in all settings. Gelato includes a cell-phone compatible documentation hood and features a built-in cutting tray for direct gel excision. The system was built with both professionals and educational users in mind. While it offers the flexibility and range of features professional laboratory users expect, the user-friendly interface makes the system fit for the novice user to operate independently. “There is a great need for speedier, more efficient laboratory workflows. Broader use of compact benchtop tools like Gelato allows users to obtain answers rapidly, avoiding the bottlenecks caused by traditional laboratory equipment,” says Sebastian Kraves, PhD, co-founder of MiniPCR Bio. Gelato is currently available for global distribution. For more information, visit MiniPCR Bio. Featured image: Gelato electrophoresis system for fast DNA analysis (courtesy MiniPCR Bio)