AmpliTaq Gold

Alexander Kraev kraev at
Mon Nov 25 09:46:48 EST 1996

In article <tedm-2411962212100001 at>,
tedm at (Ted Michelini) wrote:

> In article <56vtob$ehv at>, immgen at (ImmGen,
Inc.) wrote:
> > Anyone have experience using AmpliTaq Gold from Perkin Elmer? 
> Apparently so Jennifer, but probably no cleaner than a good hotstart. Its
> easier and no contamination worry. They use a heat labile crosslink to
> inactivate the Taq pol until after the initial denature, according to
> trustworthy rumors. There are cheaper ways to do this and hasn't PE/Cetus
> made enough money off PCR already? I'd test with a good hotstart and see
> if its worth it to go for the "Gold".

I'd like to see how you do a hot start with 96 samples at a time ( no wax beads,
no Taqstart  antibody etc...). I think that was the idea beyond the Taq Gold.
For screening purposes you can easily make your reactions in a minimal
volume you can handle ( i.e. 6 ul) to save the reagents. 

No affiliation to PE.

Alexander Kraev, PhD
Biochemie III, ETHZ Zurich
Phone 41-1-632-31-47
Fax 41-1-632-12-13
e-mail kraev at

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