Date: October 12, 1998Comparison Table

Bench space and budget--the two biggest limiting factors of life in the lab. How can both be maximized, especially in terms of equipment?

This problem undoubtedly occupies the time and efforts of all life scientists at one time or another. Often, easy answers are difficult to find. In this profile, LabConsumer looks at one of its favorite topics, the thermal cycler, for a glimpse at how the manufacturers of these products have tackled the space and budget problem and expanded the versatility of their instruments as well.

The versatility provided by interchangeable-block thermal cyclers has many applications. Research and development labs, for instance, benefit from the choice of sample formats, and multiple users can use one base unit for a variety of DNA amplification jobs, including in situ PCR. Dedicated sample blocks also prevent sample cross- contamination with radioactive or other sensitive materials.


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