The COBAS TaqMan 48 Analyzer is Roche Diagnostics latest advancement in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. It is designed for clinical diagnostics laboratories that require a single system for their real-time PCR needs, from IVD assays to home brew testing. The initial menu planned for this new instrument includes PCR tests for HIV, HBV, and HCV.
The TaqMan features a flexible 6- to -48 specimen batch size and the ability to perform two assays simultaneously. Along with the increase in speed, real-time quantitative PCR can help reduce the threat of contamination, as the entire test takes place in a sealed tube. Real-time PCR-based quantitative methods also assist in providing an increase in dynamic range, which makes the process more useful for a variety of applications.