PCR Quest—PCR Match Lab Game

Rating: Good

Strong Points: Fun to play, provides helpful tips at the end of each level.

Weak Points: Focused on promoting Thermo Fisher products.

 Platform: iPhone/iPad/Android

Cost: Free

Fans of Candy Crush will recognize the mechanics in PCR Quest, a fun matching game by Thermo Fisher. Instead of matching up rows of colorful candies, users are tasked with lining up viruses and bacteria for elimination. In each level of the game, users have to reach a defined goal, such as eliminating 10 types of viruses, within a certain number of moves. In addition to being a fun way to pass the time, the game offers practical resources for users at the end of every level, such as helpful tips for maximizing the success of your PCRs or recommendations for advanced primers. The app also includes a direct link to Thermo Fisher’s PCR portal where users can request more information about running successful PCRs. Although the main function of the app is just the game, it’s a fun way to pass the time while waiting for your gel to finish running and comes with some helpful advice for running successful experiments.

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