theLabRat theLabRat at
Tue Oct 17 14:30:21 EST 2000

The advantages are:

(1) It gives you "real" realtime results - meaning you can monitor it while
the experiment is running (unlike Taqman, which you need to wait until it is
(2) It is much faster per reaction (although this can be a problem if you
are doing high-throughput.
(3) It allows you much more flexability in the reaction:  altering the
melting curve profile, etc. than the exonuclease activity of the Taqman


(1) If you are doing high throughput it is not as good, since you need to
load the cappilaries.  There is an automated process for that, but still
doesn't make up for the difficulty if you are doing several runs a day.

IMHO it is a far superior research instrument than the Taqman...


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"R. Jayakumar" <jakku at> wrote in message
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> HI..
>     Some time back, there was a few answers regarding the light cycler in
> this group.  I remember that it was about the drawback of the light cycler
> (Roche's) over the normal PCR machines.  I can't remember what it was. Can
> anyone tell me the drawbacks and advantages the light cycler has over
> traditional thermal cyclers?
>     thankin you in advance
> sincerely
> jayakumar
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