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LGC High-Throughput Liquid Handling for PCR

LGC has launched the Meridian2 liquid dispensing system, a non-contact, on-the-fly dispenser suited to a wide range of dispensing applications, including reagents for genotyping and standard PCR. The Meridian2 features two plate positions for enhanced efficiency, integrated barcode reading, and automated assay mixing. It integrates into laboratories with existing SNPline automation or other Meridian instruments. The platform accurately dispenses 1-μL volumes into a 1,536-well plates in less than 45 seconds, with a CV of less than 5 percent, and the vacuum-based aspiration system allows multi-plate dispense for increased efficiency.

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