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Automated Liquid Handling System Offers a Variety of PCR Options

By BiotechDaily International staff writers
Posted on 01 Apr 2013
Image: The Hamilton Robotics PCR Starlet automated PCR system (Photo courtesy of Hamilton Robotics).
Image: The Hamilton Robotics PCR Starlet automated PCR system (Photo courtesy of Hamilton Robotics).
A newly released automated liquid handling system is reputed to be flexible enough to accommodate any DNA amplification reagent kit and is capable of contributing to investigations in areas as diverse as gene expression, genotyping, sequencing, or mutagenesis

The Hamilton Robotics (Reno, NV, USA) PCR setup STARlet is a versatile solution for PCR setup and optional sample normalization. Four different platform configurations with four and eight times one milliliter independent channels are available for varying throughputs and budgets. The optional "autoload" function (integrated barcode scanner) enables full traceability throughout the setup process.

The software consists of a graphical user interface (GUI) that easily guides through the setup process. Preconfigured algorithms and refined liquid handling parameters enable accurate setup of even low volume PCR assays in 384-well plate format.

This workstation is one of the first to offer an increased 25-plate deck capacity with an exceptionally smaller footprint than other systems in its class. Although developed for 96/384 PCR plates, the PCR setup STARlet can also be used with different labware types, such as strips or even rotor gene discs.

The system boasts an onboard software array that traces all input components and records complete setup information throughout the process while storing all data for future use.

"This workstation makes it really easy for the user to configure different PCR assays quickly," said Christian Arzt, product manager at Hamilton Robotics. "It can also be used for basic MasterMix preparation and even restriction and ligation reaction setup. Furthermore, an extra feature allows sample normalization either upstream for PCR setup or as a standalone function, such as, sample dilution."

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