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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Thermal cyclers usually come in two varieties — either a sample rests on a heating element that changes temperature, or a sample shuttles between fixed heating blocks.

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. have now developed a third way, distinct from temporal and spatial designs, in which a wheel-shaped heat block with faces of different temperatures rotates to contact a stationary sample. Called the rotary zone thermal cycler, or RZTC, it will be used in a modular, automated microfluidics hub.

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