Tut's Tomb Gel Drying Frames

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Preserve your data for future generations. Most gels can be dried by positioning them on the solid backing plate of our gel dryer, covering them with wet semi-permeable cellophane and clamping a frame over them to hold the cellophane flat. Tut's Tombs also produce great fluorographs. Order a frame with an open area somewhat larger than the gel to be dried. Note our cellophane is less than half the cost of other suppliers. Best for gels thinner than 1.5 mm. Instructions included.


Cellophane is autoclavable and commonly used for surface growth of plants1 mold spores and mushrooms. Cellophane allows small molecules, nutrients and antibiotics. to pass through for screening.

1. Clark et.al. Plant Mol. Biol. Nov. 74, pp. 423-435 (2010). PMID:20820881


Catalog Number Product Description Price
(U.S. $)
1071 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 8x10 cm Four clips. 25.00
1072 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 10x12 cm Four clips. 30.00
1004 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 13x15 cm Six clips. 35.00
1074 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 15.5x17.5 cm Eight clips. 40.00
1075 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 18.5x20 cm Eight clips. 45.00
1076 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 22x24 cm Eight clips. 50.00
1077 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 20x36 cm Eight clips. 59.00
1078 TUT'S TOMB for gels up to 24x40 cm Eight clips. 64.00
1079 TUT'S TOMB sectioned for gels to 24x72 cm Twelve clips. 120.00
1080 ULTRACLEAR ROLL CELLOPHANE for gel dryers or place over media for plant and fungi growth. 28 cm by 40-meter roll. 80.00
1081 ULTRACLEAR SHEET CELLOPHANE 26.5 x 32 cm, 125 sheets.
Each yields 6-1071, 4-1072 or 2-1004 sheets, or use for 1074, 1075, or 1076

Large format gel dryer made of 4 L-shaped sections.

Catalog Number Product Description Price
(U.S. $)
1082 TUT'S TOMB sectioned for gels up to 36x44 cm. Twelve clips. 110.00
1090 ULTRACLEAR SHEET CELLOPHANE 40x48 cm. 100 sheets 99.00


Scientist: I want to dry several gels simultaneously in the large format #1078 gel drying frame. Does the orientation and spacing of the gels make any difference?

Idea Scientific: No. We usually do not have gels touching each other or the edge of the frame, but orientation is not important. Here is an example of six gels in a #1078 Tut's Tomb gel dryer. (image provided by Gina Jozwiak at University of Notre Dame)

Scientist: We have a scanner that stores an image of every gel on a computer. Why should we dry the gels and store them when we already have an image?

Idea Scientific: The perfection of Mass Spec. and the ability to quantify post-translational modifications have revolutionized protein chemistry. We have sequenced a protein from a gel that was dried in 1986. We have a recent report of a phosphorylation detected in a protein dried in 1993. Todays gels may be the data mine of the future.