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Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute


DNA amplification

The Institute has several quantitative PCR (a.k.a. real-time PCR) instruments available for general booking through the PPMS system. Standard 96-well plates using either TaqMan or SYBR Green chemistry can be run on any of the three StepOne Plus machines.

For larger-scale projects, the QuantStudio 12K Flex Real-Time PCR System offers maximum throughput, flexibility and scalability. Two interchangeable blocks are available for this machine: one for standard 384-well plates (TaqMan or SYBR), and the other for OpenArray: a nanolitre fluidics platform for low volume, solution-phase reactions. OpenArray plates are microscope slide-sized and are arranged in 48 subarrays of 64 through holes, with a total of 3072 through-holes for individual 33nl reactions. This machine can simultaneously run up to four 3072 reaction QuantStudio 12K Flex OpenArray Plates in around 4 hours.

You can find more details of the qPCR machine's capabilities in the brochure:



The qPCR machine is run by Robin Floyd. It is maintained and run by the Hendrich lab on behalf of SCI. For further information regarding the use of the qPCR machine, please contact .

To make a booking, please go to the online Booking System.