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OpenPCR: DNA amplification for anyone

OpenPCR is a cool new project dedicated to building plans for an open source PCR machine. There’s not much inherently complicated about a PCR machine and it’s about time — a PCR machine built with $300 in parts using a modern software controller will likely be as powerful as any non-realtime PCR out there. Of course, the reagent pricing is what gets you.

Josh and Tito are raising money for this project using Kickstarter. $1024 gets them to build you a PCR machine, which is a reasonably good deal in the scheme of scientific equipment. I gave them $8, because I like stickers and already have a PCR machine that doesn’t exactly get a lot of use.


  1. Jennah said,
    June 27, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I’ll try to put this to good use imemdiaetly.

  2. Corey said,
    August 13, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    I ordered one for our lab, they took the payment. That was 4 months ago. No instrument, no updates.

  3. Ha said,
    August 16, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    I think it was 512 (now 599) for a machine. Then another 500 to have your name etched in there.

  4. PCR Services said,
    June 20, 2012 @ 4:47 am

    This is goof release of openPCR- DNA amplification.

  5. PCR Services said,
    June 20, 2012 @ 4:47 am

    This is good release of openPCR- DNA amplification.

  6. Doug said,
    September 28, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    It would be interesting to see the quality of the machine. Although I would suspect that the cost to build a decent machine is in the thousand dollar range. I remember one machine we tested years ago consisted of a robotic arm that simply transfered the tubes into three separate water baths with the denature, anneal and extension temperatures. It was fast considering no ramp time.

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