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System aims to reduce cost and resource-intensity of high throughput process

by PCR Max
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This summer saw the launch of the only commercially-available thermal cycler to offer four totally independent blocks. PCRmax’s Alpha Cycler 4 is capable of performing four completely independent runs simultaneously and it also delivers high throughput thermal cycling within a compact footprint.

“With the ability to process high quantity protocols, thanks to its superior temperature control and accuracy, the Alpha Cycler 4 enhances the value of each PCR run while maximizing available laboratory space,” PCRmax stated.

The company also aims to reduce the monetary and resource costs of performing high throughput PCR with the new system. Its ‘quad’ bay design and smart software features expedite PCR and make operation easier, while delivering precise DNA amplification. The Alpha Cycler 4 is also very flexible as it is configurable in any combination of 96 to 384 well formats across its four bays, making it suited to many applications and user environments.

The software promises to make things easier for users with features such as ‘Recently Used Programmes’ that allow users to quickly access their most commonly used protocols without having to navigate through folders to find them. In addition, a novel program wizard generates protocols based specifically on the user’s primer sequence and template source, while individual logins ensure this feature is available to multiple users and secures user protocols to their specific login should they wish. Greater connectivity and real-time monitoring ensures better tracking as well.

“The Alpha Cycler 4 is part of the PCRmax commitment to maximize the value of PCR throughout the life science arena while maintaining the highest quality amplification,” the company said.

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