Re: [Histonet] antibody organizers - database for FileMaker Pro7

From:Phillip Huff

Our lab uses rectangular plastic containers with lids that have a cardboard grid-like insert inside with each hole in the grid designated by a letter/number designation, ie. top left is A1 bottom right is E12. We then have numbered each of these boxes, designating each box for a specific type of antibody (ie. box 1 is alkaline phosphatase conjugated Abs) and have boxes in the 4C fridge, -20 freezer and -80 freezer.
I then developed a database file for FileMaker Pro7 that organizes all of the antibodies so they are searchable by name/antigen, animal origin, conjugation, date purchased, company or any other characteristic you want. There are fields for catalog number, price, company and numerous other characteristics that makes searching for your antibody easy. You can even add notes about recommended dilution or pictures of optimal section staining. There is also an option to print a complete list in tabular form of all the antibodies so you can have a copy at the bench.
If anyone is interested I can email a Mac or PC friendly version of the file, however you will need FileMaker Pro 7 for either respective OS. You can download FileMaker Pro 7 from the company's website and use it for 1 month for free just to see if the database for antibodies is practical for your usage. 
I will look for the catalog number and company that sells the boxes tommorrow and post it.

Histopath  wrote:
Does anyone know of anyone that sells organizers/storage for stock 
antibody vials? If anyone has a creative solution that would be great 
also. Thanks

Susan Hernandez

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