Automation and the Polymerase Chain Reaction
The complexity of set-up, the small volumes used, and the usual need to process many DNA samples simultaneously for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) make this amplification process a prime candidate for automation. The potential benefits of using automation are:
Automation of DNA sample processing has been available for some time in the form of robotic pipetting workstations. These are capable of handling all the PCR reaction set-up steps prior to thermo-cycling. One such system is the Biomek Automated Workstation (Beckman Instruments, Fullerton CA, USA) which is in common use for PCR (1–3).
Improved results by elimination of manual pipetting errors
Reduction of contamination with foreign DNA
Higher sample throughput
Time saving for the operator
KeywordsPolymerase Chain Reaction High Sample Throughput MP20 MP200 Robotic Workstation Deepwell Plate
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