PCR plates consist of 96 0.2-mL tubes, with a rim around each well designed to prevent cross-contamination. These are available in white or natural, and can be sealed using a heat sealer. PCR plates are ideal for high-throughput experiments, where the volume of sample is low and the reaction time is long. The rims of these PCR plates prevent light and air from entering the tubes, and they are also aesthetically pleasing.
Advantages of PCR Plates
PCR plates are essential tools in the analysis of DNA. The best quality ones are made of polypropylene, with thin walls to prevent product from sticking. In addition, a FRAP plate is a great choice for high-throughput assays. For automated processes, a PCR plate with a thicker polycarbonate frame will be more durable and resist warping. The V-shaped well allows for easier product retrieval and minimal waste.
PCR/qPCR plates should adhere to standardized dimensions. ANSI/SBS (Association for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is a standard that specifies the size of each well. This ensures that a single plate is of uniform dimensions and is fully compatible with automation. The ANSI/SBS format is a great choice for a PCR/qPCR system. Despite the higher cost, it is important to choose a high-quality PCR/qPCR plate for optimal results.