Date: September 29, 1997 Product Comparison Table

Most researchers have probably been coerced into listening to their superiors and mentors reveal at length what thermal cyclers used to be. The twelve years since the description and publication of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) have given scientists and manufacturers ample time to create and refine highly specialized machines dedicated to thermal cycling. The thermal cyclers of today have expanded applications and increased performance and allow for a wide array of sample formats to address the broad applications of this technology. What started out as a modified liquid-handling apparatus has evolved into something very different and user-friendly. The evolution of the thermal cycler continues today. This brief overview will highlight manufacturers and many of the new or specialized machines offered today. Included is a comprehensive table detailing the features and specifications of the thermal cyclers available in the United States.

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