In the late 1990’s, scientists found ways to successfully transfect certain types of DNA by means of electroporation using low voltage square wave pulses.
This method was vastly different from more common high voltage methods, and there were few instruments available that would allow a scientist to set up and repeat the new procedures methodologies.
A modified version of an existing instrument (Intracel TSS10) had been used, with some success, to electroporate some chick embryos. This led to the development of a dedicated instrument.
Development of the TSS20, EP21 and Accessories
Tim Scott, of Intracel Ltd, led the way on the product development, and Dennis O’Carroll of Abbotsbury Engineering Ltd developed the instruments we now sell as the TSS20 and the EP21.
Since inception in 2001, the TSS20 has been used in an ever-widening range of electroporation procedures on various types of animal embryos and embryonic tissue.
A number of accessories including electrodes, electrode holders and simple manipulators have also been developed for use with the equipment.