Integral assembly of microcentrifuge strip tubes having independently tethered angularly related seal caps

  • US 5,722,553 A
  • Filed: 03/31/1995
  • Issued: 03/03/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/31/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An integral assembly of a multiplicity of spaced reagent tubes arranged in an elongated aligned series, said tubes each having an open end and a closed end, the open ends of adjacent tubes integrally connected by a series of aligned tethers, and a corresponding multiplicity of correspondingly spaced independent seal caps, each seal cap having a tubular seal skirt portion symmetrical about a central axis and adapted to selectively sealingly engage the open end of an associated reagent tube, each said seal cap being independently pivotally connected integrally and angularly to an associated one of said reagent tubes at an angle other than 90 degrees to the elongated aligned series in which said reagent tubes are arranged and independently selectively manipulable in relation to the open end of said associated reagent tube to superimpose said seal cap thereover to selectively effect sealing penetration of said tubular skirt portion into or out of said open end to seal or unseal the open end of said associated reagent tube.

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