NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — In an effort to improve the long-term storage of multiplex nucleic acid assays, a German academic group has developed a protocol for air drying PCR primers and probes and shown that the reagents remained stable and effective for a year at ambient laboratory conditions.

According to the researchers, the technique could be a low-cost alternative to existing procedures such as freeze-drying, especially for manufacturing test cartridges or chips pre-loaded with reagents for multiplex real-time PCR testing.

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