With a freshly minted US patent in hand, the University of Utah Research Foundation has made available for licensing an ultra-fast PCR microchip technology that can perform real-time melt curve analysis in less time than existing commercial thermal cyclers.

The technology, which uses microfluidic channels to continuously flow a sample through different temperature zones, can theoretically complete 30 cycles of PCR in approximately six or seven minutes while measuring both bulk fluorescence and DNA melting after each cycle, according to its inventors.

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