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Automated nucleic acid assay system

United States Patent Application

20030032172
A1
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A nucleic acid assay system includes a holding means that receives a sample and a reagent. A PCR reactor means amplifies the sample and produces an amplified sample. A detection means detects PCR amplicon. A transport means selectively transports the sample and the reagent relative to the holding means, the PCR reactor means, and the detection means. A control means is provided for selectively adding the reagent to the sample, mixing the sample and the reagent, performing PCR amplification, and detecting PCR amplicon. A decontamination means is provided for decontaminating the holding means, the PCR reactor means, and the detection means.
Colston, Billy W. JR. (Livermore, CA), Brown, Steve B. (Livermore, CA), Nasarabadi, Shanavaz L. (Livermore, CA), Belgrader, Phillip (Manteca, CA), Milanovich, Fred (Lafayette, CA), Marshall, Graham (Fox Island, WA), Olson, Don (Gig Harbor, WA), Wolcott, Duane (Fox Island, WA)
The Regents of the University of California
10/ 189,319
July 2, 2002
[0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.