Scientists now have their choice of a wide variety of thermal cyclers, ranging from 48-well personal cyclers to high-throughput multi-bay instruments. To select the right cycler, we recommend considering several factors such as application, current and future throughput, and software.
Related Topics: PCR Reagents, PCR Assay Design and Optimization, PCR Analysis, and PCR Troubleshooting.
The first consideration for choosing the right thermal cycler is often the goal of the PCR reaction and what experiment will be performed downstream.
The second consideration is the number of users and the sample throughput.
A third consideration is flexibility when considering current and future experiments.
Lastly, it is wise not to forget the importance of software features and overall ease of use, since these factors can greatly impact the time spent training new users, and getting started with a run regardless of the application or throughput of the laboratory.
Thermal Cycler Selection Chart
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