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PCRmax Alpha Cycler 4

PCRmax (Bibby Scientific) has launched Alpha Cycler 4, the only commercially available thermal cycler to offer four totally independent blocks. Capable of performing four independent runs simultaneously, the Alpha Cycler 4 delivers high-throughput thermal cycling within a compact instrument footprint. The thermal cycler's 'quad' bay design and smart software features overcome cost and resource limitation by expediting PCR and easing operation, while delivering precise DNA amplification. The software's program wizard ensures that reaction outcomes are optimized; users simply input the forward and reverse primer sequences, define the amplicon length and source of the template, and the wizard will create a bespoke protocol for the target with optimized cycling conditions. Additionally, the software includes a recent programs list that allows users to assess and run their most commonly used programs in just two taps of the screen. Regardless of the application, the Alpha Cycler 4 is suitable for life science laboratories that wish to achieve unprecedented accuracy and reliability in their PCR experiments, PCRmax said. 

The Scan

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