I left the lab for a few weeks and now our gels aren't behaving properly.
The loading dye (bromophenol blue) doesn't migrate into the gel easily and severely distorts the PCR product behind it. The dye bands form a large frowning arch when placed in adjacent wells. Individually the outside edges of each band runs much farther and the center of the band drags behind creating a frowning (
Things I've already tried:
-make new TBE
-scrub out the gel trays
-make new blue loading dye
I also tried Gotaq Green buffer which contains a loading dye diluted with PCR water, and this also frowns... The ladder runs fine.
The loading dye will sit in the wells much longer than normal- for the first 20 minutes or so it doesn't seem to leave the well. Then it begins to tug out at the edges.
The agarose is 1%.