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New Products: SciGene's Hyb-Ice Thermal Profiling System

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SciGene this week launched its Hyb-Ice Thermal Profiling System, which it is claims is a "affordable and flexible alternative" to standard thermal cyclers on the market for temperature profiling.

The new system has a list price of $2,550 and consists of a programmable heating-cooling base and removable block that heat and cool samples from 4 °C to 99 °C. The system accommodates a variety of quick-change blocks to fit nearly any tube or plate, according to SciGene. A non-contact heated lid controls condensation and programs can be stored or run via an onboard USB drive, the company said.

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