Hinge Up, Down, or Random?

Hinge Up, Down, or Random?

When placing your tubes in the microcentrifuge, If your research supervisor doesn’t have a preference, then always place the tubes hinge up. If you develop this habit, it will serve you well. For example, if you have a pellet after the spin, you’ll always know that it will be opposite the hinge. If the pellet is hard to see, or instead of a pellet there is a streak of material on the side of the tube, you’ll know the side of the to avoid when pipetting off excess liquid.

In addition, when you work with certain columns, it’s critical to place them in the microcentrifuge in the same orientation for each spin. Developing the habit of placing your tubes hinge up will help ensure that you automatically place the columns in correctly with each spin.