The VERSA™ GENE workstation is an automated liquid handling workstation designed to perform nucleic acid purification and PCR setup for end point or real time PCR with high precision, throughput and accuracy. This system is capable of complete work-up of RNA or DNA samples from extraction through to preparation of the PCR plate for amplification. The unique multi-channel head consists of a switchable 8 channel and single channel pipetting head with a 5-channel reagent addition module for fast, accurate, and precise pipetting of reagents, mastermix preparation, dilution series creation and sample addition. Combined with a range of built in modules, the VERSA™ GENE workstation can generate highly purified nucleic acid samples and PCR set up. This high-throughput workstation increases sample numbers while decreasing sample volumes, conserves expensive reagents, eliminates concerns associated with volumetric variations caused by handling errors, and automates all repetitive pipetting protocols. The VERSA™ GENE is ideal for nucleic acid preparation and is applicable to a wide range of research areas such as: disease control (avian flu, SARS, HIV), forensics (DNA fingerprinting), molecular pathology (cancer, genetic susceptibility), environment/food (GMOs and pathogen identification) and other molecular biology applications. While this system is dedicated for extraction and isolation of nucleic acids, the underlying versatility of the workstation allows it to perform many generic liquid handling tasks such as: serial dilution, cherry picking, plate reformatting and plate replication.
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