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Bio-Rad Laboratories CFX Opus Deepwell Dx Real-Time PCR System

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched the CFX Opus Deepwell Dx Real-Time PCR System, a real-time PCR system listed with the US Food and Drug Administration for in vitro diagnostic testing and developed in accordance with the EU's regulations for in vitro diagnostic medical devices. The system can perform reactions of up to 125 microliters in a 96-well format for qPCR diagnostic assays. It is also available in a 96- and 384-well reaction block format. All systems in the CFX Opus Dx Real-Time PCR family are open platforms that offer desktop management and analysis software and can multiplex up to five targets to enable IVD assay development and diagnostic testing.

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