Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. How do I find the BioScience Bead Equivalent to the product or Brand Name of Beads I'm currently using?
    • To find the BioScience Equivalent Bead to the one you're currently using CLICK HERE.

  2. Do you have agarose bead products comparable to the recently discontinued line of BioRad Agarose Beads (i.e. BioGel-A)?
    • Yes. To obtain product equivalents, go to the “Order or Inquiry” page and follow the instructions there for inquiries.

  3. Intracellular magnetic bead applications: can BioScience Magnetic Beads be used for this?
    • No. These applications require sub-micron sized magnetic beads in order to be taken into the cell by phagocytosis. In contrast, Bioscience Magnetic beads range upwards from 15-20 µ and are designed for rapid, magnetic, bioaffinity separations.

  4. Can I pay for my BioScience Beads order with a credit card?
    • Yes, simply check the appropriate box for credit card orders on the “To Order” page and you’ll receive an electronic invoice via our secure business Paypal account and can use any major credit card with confidence.

  5. Re: Preshipment samples: is it possible to obtain them for specialty beads before purchasing them in bulk quantities?
    • Yes. A prototype or pre-shipment sample sample of your specialty bead can be  purchased, evaluated, and then either approved for scale up or further “fine-tuned” before purchasing a larger quantity.

  6. Pricing and Order Turnaround : How is it determined?
    • For standard bead products, order processing & shipment typically occurs within 48 hours. For specialty bead products, orders are placed in an order queue and the production and shipment date are estimated and communicated by email. A higher priority in the production queue is an option but, like express shipment, does cost somewhat more.

  7. Why does your logo look like a "Yin Yang" symbol?
    • The ancient Chinese Tai-chi or Yin Yang symbol depicts the fact that all things in nature can be considered to have both yin and yang components. This symbol has been adapted in the BioScience Bead logo to emphasize both the range of bead sizes available and also the ability of bead functionality to be altered by micron-sized inclusions within the beads.  For example, BioScience Magnetic Agarose Beads appear black because of the black magnetite microparticles entrapped within the white agarose gel matrix. Standard agarose beads, of course, appear white and contrast dramatically against a black background as found in the Yin part of the logo.

      For more information about how the Yin Yang symbol and philosophy applies to science, click here to be connected to an excellent website on the subject.

Note: If your question is still unanswered, please use the "Contact" page to ask our technical staff for further assistance. Prior to doing so, it is sometimes helpful to consult the Standard and Specialty Bead Options pages for information which might tend to answer or narrow the focus of your question.

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