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Bio-Rad has introduced the CFX96 Touch Deep Well Real-Time PCR system for large-volume reactions, and CFX Qualification Plates for instrument performance verification.

The new CFX96 Touch Deep Well is designed for researchers conducting real-time PCR experiments in large-volume reactions, Bio-Rad said. The system is designed to detect as many as five targets in reaction volumes between 10 µL and 125 µL. A redesigned honeycomb thermal block contains six independently controlled thermal electric units, allowing researchers to perform uniform, accurate experiments in large reaction volumes without compromising their quantitative data, the company said.

Meantime, the CFX qualification plate comes preloaded with a master mix containing Bio-Rad's SsoAdvanced SYBR Green supermix, and provides a five-point standard curve, two unknown groups, and no-template controls, enabling a rapid determination of instrument performance, Bio-Rad said. The CFX Manage software includes a qualification plate check tool that uses an algorithm to determine a pass/fail result based on two criteria: two-fold discrimination with a 99.7 percent confidence level and single-product melt peaks for the two unknowns.


Techne has introduced new software updates and documentation for its PrimeQ instrument range.

The new supplemental materials are designed to help researchers use their qPCR as efficiently as possible. Freely available online is an upgraded version of PrimeQ's Quantsoft software and new PCR certificates and a declaration of conformity certificate. A selection of technical and application notes can also be downloaded, covering topics such as the principle of absolute quantification analysis, high-resolution melting, minimizing sample volume, and analyzing different manufacturers' consumables kits.

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