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The thermal cycler will have spaces in the thermal block for the insertion of the aforementioned tubes. Larger models are able to hold more of the reaction tubes. The greater the capacity the more experiments you can run simultaneously. They will also have a control system that is directly on the device. The system is usually an easy to use LCD screen that offers simple instructions and easy to use controls.
How thermal cyclers work
The device features a thermal block. The block has holes in it, where the tubes that hold the reaction mixtures will be inserted. The scientist can then use the controls to increase or decrease the temperature in the block as needed. The device features preprogrammed steps that make it easy to move the temperature up and down in perfect, accurate increments. Many of the newer models have a heated lid as well. This presses down on the tubes to prevent condensation.
About thermal cyclers
A thermal cycler, sometimes called a DNA amplifier or a PCR machine, is a common device found in a number of laboratories. Scientists who run PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, for their experiments will need to have at least one of these devices available. They are essential for sequencing, genotyping, cloning, mutagenesis, and much more. In fact, the device is useful for labs that need to create many other types of temperature sensitive reactions.