real-time thermocyclers. Any recommendations?

Dr. James J. Campanella campanellj at
Tue Apr 27 15:00:46 EST 2004

Dear List,

We are considering the purchase of a new real-time thermocycler. We are 
looking at the Lightcycler and the ABI systems. The ABI's seem to be 
cheaper, but we have experienced less than stellar performance from our ABI 
sequencer and standard thermocycler and do not want to end up with another 
expensive paperweight. The Lightcycler costs more by about $15,000, but is 
rumored to be more accurate and flexible.

I am just curious if anyone out there has a specific or general 
recommendation for these or any other system. This is a major high-end 
purchase for us and we do not want to make a mistake that will end up 
wasting our research dollars.



James J. Campanella,
Asst. Professor
Department of Biology and Molecular Biology
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Alternate email address: jcamp at

Ph: 973-655-4097
Fax: 419-791-9834 


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