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Nick Hool: Machine Engineer
Joseph Heath: Machine Engineer, R&D Scientist
Jessica Kemper: Protocol Planner
Maile Ravenkamp: Protocol Planner
Christian Boden: R&D Scientist


Thermal Cycler Engineering

Our re-design is based upon the Open PCR system originally designed by Josh Perfetto and Tito Jankowski.

System Design



Key Features

The first piece of this PCR machine that we changed was the power supply source. We decided to make it smaller and more compact. A smaller power source 1), makes the entire machine lighter and adds mobility and 2), greatly reduces the chance of the power source overheating and causing the machine to melt or catch fire. As a result of making the power source smaller, we had to change the design of one of the side panels. The original side panels were crafted to fit the large power source. With the smaller power source, we had to re-align the holes so that they fit perfectly with our smaller power source. The biggest change we made to the PCR machine is changing the material from wood to ABS material. This material is similar to PVC material, but it is a cheaper substance to come by. A big advantage of a machine made of ABS material is that ABS is compatible with a 3D printer. That means that we can actually make PCR machines right in the lab because we have 3D printers.


The construction of the modified open PCR machine isn't any different than the original steps to putting it together, there are just modified parts like a smaller more compact power supply that is more efficient and the body is made out of ABS plastic which can be rapidly prototyped using 3-D printers so that they technology of open PCR can become more readily available. Here is a link to a guide to putting together your open PCR machine. Media:PCR guide.pdf



Supplied in the Kit Amount
PCR Machine 1
Positive Control DNA Sample 27282151
Negative Control DNA Sample 35526894
Patient 1 DNA Sample 19073943
Patient 2 DNA Sample 29391013
PCR: Patient 2 ID 11260 , rep 1 1903450
PCR: Patient 2 ID 11260, rep 2 5214727
PCR: Patient 2 ID 11260, rep 3 5099077

PCR Protocol

1. You will need a PCR machine and computer.

2. Download the PCR software onto the computer.

3.Thaw the GoTaq Colorless Master Mix at room temperature. Vortex the Master Mix, then spin it briefly in a microcentrifuge to collect the material at the bottom of the tube.
4 . Prepare the following reaction mix on ice:

Reagent Volume
Template DNA (20 ng) 0.2 µL
10 µM forward primer 1.0 µL
10 µM reverse primer 1.0 µL
GoTaq master mix 50.0 µL
dH2O 47.8 µL
Total Volume 100.0 µL

5. If using a cycler without a heated lid, overlay the reaction mix with 1-2 drops of mineral oil to prevent evaporation during thermal cycling. Centrifuge the reaction mix in a microcentrifuge for 5 seconds.

6. Place the reactions in a thermal cycler that has been preheated to 95 degrees Celsius. Perform PCR.

What Occurs In the PCR Machine
1. Denaturation: a 2-minute denaturation at 95 degrees celsius.

2. Annealing: perform the reaction about 5 degrees Celsius below the calculated melting temperature of the primers and increasing the temperature in increments of 1°C to the annealing temperature; this should occur anywhere between 30 seconds and 1 minute.

3. Extension: performed between 72-74 degrees Celsius, extension allows 1 minute for every 1 kb of DNA to be amplified; the suggested time for extension is 5 minutes.

4. Refrigeration: refrigerate the tubes at 4 degrees Celsius for several hours; this will minimize the opportunity for DNA polymerase to continue to be active at higher temperatures.

5. Cycle Number: the optimal amplification is 25-30 cycles, but up to 40 may be performed.

DNA Measurement Protocol Image J Procedure 1. Search Image J in Google and then download Image J
2. Open Image J then click "file" and click "open" and open the image you want to analyze
3. Once your image is open click "analyze" and then click "set measurements" and check the boxes "area" "integrated density" and "mean gray value" leave the rest of the boxes empty
4. now click "image" then click "color" and then click "split channels"
5. This will split your image into three, you will use the one that is marked as the "green" picture, cancel the others
6. Activate the oval tool
7. draw the best oval you can around the drop and then press the control button+ the "m" key
8. Move the oval over to the background (the black around the picture) and press the control button and the m key again
9. repeat steps for all pictures
10. Save your data in an excel format by clicking "file" and then clicking "save as" then save the file with the name you want

Research and Development

Background on Disease Markers

Primer Design



"GoTaq® Colorless Master Mix (M714) Product Information." GoTaq® Colorless Master Mix Protocol. Promega, 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <>.

Hunt, Margaret. "Real Time PCR Tutorial." Real Time PCR Tutorial. University of South Carolina, 10 July 2010. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <>.