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Three Perspex tanks for gel electrophoresis, Europe, 1975-1990

Three Perspex tanks for gel electrophoresis, Europe, 1975-1990

Credits: Science Museum

Electrophoresis is a technique used in biochemistry to separate complex mix-tures of similar chemicals. These three Perspex tanks were used in research towards making bacteria produce the human blood factor, Factor VIII. This is needed by people with haemophilia, whose blood would not clot without it. This material is otherwise produced from human blood, presenting a risk of infection from blood-borne diseases such as AIDS. The process was achieved in 1984.

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