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Product Watch: Analytik Jena TAdvanced Thermal Cycler

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Analytik Jena has launched the TAdvanced, its first model in a new series of Biometra thermal cyclers.

TAdvanced features excellent heating and cooling rates achieved through new control electronics, AJ said. Using an aluminum sample block, this allows speeds to be reached that had previously only been possible using instruments with silver blocks, the company added.

The thermal cycler's electronics system includes USB and ethernet communications interfaces and a 7-in. touchscreen with easy-to-use operating software including extensive tools for system diagnostics and recording PCR runs. PCR reports can be created using either tabular or graphical programming, the company said.

The user-specific quick-start function combined with a program preview function means no more tedious searching for PCR programs that have already been used, AJ said. As an option, the TAdvanced thermal cycler is available with a gradient function for optimizing new primer pairs. This "linear gradient tool" allows the desired temperature difference between the columns or rows in the sample block to be adjusted, enabling the gradient's temperature curve to be configured precisely.

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