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PCR Thermal Cycler: How to Purchase the Best Unit for Your Lab


Episode description

Finding the best-fit PCR Thermal Cycler for your experiments and research can be challenging. So in this episode, our editor-in-chief, John Buie, shares some helpful tips on how to zero in the best model options for your applications without sacrificing your budget.

John started the show by bringing to the table a simple list of questions to help users determine demands of their applications, an initial step in identifying the perfect unit to get. He suggested types of PCR thermal cyclers to look into based on common laboratory tasks, expected sample throughput, as well as flexibility and sensitivity requirements.

He provided recommendations on features and functionalities to consider depending on temperature and ramp rate requirements as well as common PCR issues encountered in the lab.

Lastly, John also discussed tips on what to evaluate when it comes to user-convenience offered by most thermal cycler units.

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