London-based web retailer Cool Components said this week that it has begun selling OpenPCR, an ultra-cheap pre-fabricated kit for assembling a personal thermal cycler.

OpenPCR began as a startup venture of Bay Area amateur biologists Tito Jankowski and Josh Perfetto. Their goal was to design and develop an "open-source" thermal cycler that could be assembled from off-the-shelf components with a cost of around $500 to woo potentials customers such as fellow DIY biologists or schools.

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