A system for nucleic acid capture and amplification comprising introducing a sample potentially containing the nucleic acid into a packed bed wherein the nucleic acid adheres to the packed bed, introducing an amplification mix into the packed bed, and thermal cycling the packed bed and the nucleic acid between denaturation and annealing temperatures for PCR amplification. One embodiment provides an apparatus for DNA capture and amplification comprising a tubing or housing having a cavity, bed media in the cavity, and a heater operatively connected to the tubing or housing.
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 The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.