Droplet Digital PCR
- ddPCR Quick Start Guide
- QX200 Droplet Generator Manual
- QX200 Droplet Reader and QuantaSoft Manual
- C1000 Thermal Cycler Manual
- ddPCR Applications Guide
The Bio-Rad QX-200 Droplet Digital PCR system is a recent addition to the facility. Capable of the absolute quantification of target DNA or RNA, the system either uses EvaGreen (similar to SYBR) or probe-based (TaqMan) chemistries.
ddPCR is more precise and sensitive than qPCR and eliminates the need for technical replicates. The method involves a PCR reaction that is detected by a fluorescent dye (EvaGreen or TaqMan) which is partitioned into approximately 20,000 single nanoliter-sized droplets. Following partitioning, the droplets undergo PCR and then are read on a flow cytometer-like system. Up to 96 samples can be run at a time
Some typical applications of the system include:
- Copy Number Variation Analysis
- Rare Mutation and Sequence Detection
- Gene Expression
- Next-Generation Sequencing Library Analysis
A typical run on the instrument requires about a 4 hour time block. The BIF has a few reagents for beginning users to try out.
A few videos from Bio-Rad explaining the technology and applications which may be useful to those with more interest in the system:
Contact Dan Stevens for training.