capillary PCR

jeremy murray bmbjmm at
Sun Feb 21 16:36:10 EST 1999

Hi Jennifer
I have used the Idaho Technology ATC (automatic thermal cycler)
throughout my Ph.D..
It's true there is a learning curve but
but it doesn't take long to master and after this
the time it saves is phenomenal.

I have used it for screening putative clones,
checking insert orientation,
checking annealing temperatures of primers,
generating domain deletion mutants using the megaprimer method.
The real beauty of it comes when a PCR is proving difficult.
You can do Mg2+  titrations and vary the annealing temp.
to find the optimal reaction conditions in a single day.
The next day you can start cloning.
 in other words go for it!!!
I am a big !*fan*! ;-)

Jennifer Philhower wrote:

> Hello all,
> I am interested in capillary PCR machines for
> genotyping transgenic mice, and was wondering
> if there were any voices of experience out there.
> I've heard that Ohio Technologies has a machine,
> but I've also heard that the whole procedure is
> a big hassle.
> Thanks for any info-
> Jen Philhower
> University of Texas at Austin
> College of Pharmacy
> jenilyn at

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