Question: Can Gel Beads be aliquoted into individual tubes?
Answer: We do not recommend aliquoting Gel Beads from Gel Bead Strip to individual tubes. The Gel Beads can go through 10 freeze-thaw cycles and therefore should not need to be aliquoted.
Gel beads are composed of beads and buffer, and maintaining the correct ratio of buffer to beads is critical for optimal GEM generation. Adding extra steps in Gel Bead handling or improper Gel Bead storage conditions can alter this ratio and affect assay performance.