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Micro–Rayleigh-Bénard convection polymerase chain reaction system

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Da-Jeng Yao

National Tsing Hua University, Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan and National Tsing Hua University, Department of Engineering and System Science, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

Jhao-Ronga Chen

National Tsing Hua University, Department of Engineering and System Science, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

Woan-Tying Ju

National Tsing Hua University, Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS. 6(4), 043007 (November 29, 2007). doi:10.1117/1.2805452
History: Received December 19, 2006; Revised August 17, 2007; Accepted August 21, 2007; Published November 29, 2007
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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a molecular biological method for in vitro amplification of nucleic acids. Our objective was to design a micro-PCR system that included a Rayleigh-Bénard convection PCR chip, measurement circuits, and circuits to control the temperature. A Rayleigh-Bénard convection PCR chip was easily fabricated by using microelectromechanical system technology, and the sample solution could be put in to finish the completed PCR cycling within several minutes. The flow stream, velocity, and temperature profile in a micro-PCR system are important to achieve the successful PCR, but they are not easily observed with an experimental method. Thus, a CFDRC simulation of Rayleigh-Bénard convection PCR was undertaken to determine the above important parameters. The duration of one cycle, the extension time, and total duration of 25 cycles can be calculated to achieve the optimal design. Finally, using agarose-gel electrophoresis, we verified the practicability of this system. The comparison study of PCR experiments performed with a commercial PCR machine and our chips showed that our chips can greatly decrease the duration of the reaction. By comparing the simulation and PCR experiment results with varied designed sizes, a user can set the parameters and computational fluid dynamics results for optimal designs and decrease the total duration of future reactions.

© 2007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

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Da-Jeng Yao ; Jhao-Ronga Chen and Woan-Tying Ju
"Micro–Rayleigh-Bénard convection polymerase chain reaction system", J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS. 6(4), 043007 (November 29, 2007). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2805452


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