Tissue Disruptor

The time required to hand grind samples for DNA extraction can become inhibiting quickly for large projects, but many commercial grinders are too expensive for smaller labs or for limited use in a handful of projects. This tool attaches to any standard Saws-All reciprocating saw and makes short work of many samples. Designed to work with the Axygen™ MTS118C MiniTube system components.

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$199.99

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5/32" 440C Stainless Ball Bearings (200ct)

Used in our plant tissue disruptor, these ball bearings are made from durable 440c and quickly pulverize tissues.

Replacement Tissue Disruptor Blade

Blades don't fail often, but they are a item that fatigues after a lot of use. This is a replacement blade for the tissue disruptor constructed from 1075 spring steel.

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 4 × 6 in

The time required to hand grind samples for DNA extraction can become inhibiting quickly for large projects, but many commercial grinders are too expensive for smaller labs or for limited use in a handful of projects. This tool attaches to any standard Saws-All reciprocating saw and makes short work of many samples. Just install the tube holder, ball bearings, optionally submerge in liquid nitrogen, and pull the trigger!

This idea, originally proposed by Alexander et al. in their paper “Recovery of plant DNA using a reciprocating saw and silica-based columns”, then improved by James Beck of Wichita State University has been optimized by our team for inexpensive production and distribution.

The tissue disruptor is designed to work with the Axygen™ Mini Tube System (MTS118C) and 5/32” ball bearings, though is versatile enough to accommodate many other sample holding systems.

This design is completely open source! You can download everything in the GitHub repository if you’d like to try building your own, suggest improvements, or are just curious!

  • Toothless blade for saw attachment

  • Sample Clamp (orange anodized)

  • Spring Steel custom blade attachment
  • Anodized Aluminum body
  • Designed to work with the Axygen™ Mini Tube System (MTS118C) and 5/32” ball bearings

This design is completely open source! You can download everything in the GitHub repository if you’d like to try building your own, suggest improvements, or are just curious!

  • WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Product contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.
  • WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.