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June 01, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 11)

Amplification Central

  • Technically accurate
  • Not very inspired
There are probably as many PCR-related sites on the web as there are PCR users. So, finding a good one is a bit like the needle/haystack problem. At the Bio-Rad Gene Expression Gateway, visitors will find a support-based website aimed at 1) solving PCR-related problems, 2) teaching principles of conventional and real-time PCR, and 3) design considerations for conventional and real-time PCR. Amplification Central anticipates user problems and presents solutions that are easy to understand, though many of them are common sense. The tutorial segment does a nice job of describing the principles of the various PCR methods and is something that beginners would benefit from. Lastly, the design considerations too are informative and while a bit technically written for newbies, are accurate and helpful. Overall, Amplification Central is a useful part of a company-based site that will be of interest to anyone using conventional or real-time PCR.
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