'Hydra-96' microdispenser machine by Robbins Scientific Corporation, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, California, United States, 1993-95. For large-scale genomic and high throughput dispensing, of a type used by scientists invovled in the Human Genome Project.
Used on a desktop in a laboratory, the Hydra-96 Microdispenser can dispense 96 DNA samples at a time. Previously, it took a scientist a whole day to produce fifty samples using manual pipettes. This type of machine was used by scientists involved with the Human Genome Project at the Sanger Institute at Cambridge. The project, which aimed to sequence the chemical structure of human DNA and identify the genes that determine heredity, was completed in 2003. The Hydra-96 was made by Robbins Scientific Corporation.