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Published October 2012 | public
Journal Article

Evaluating the thermostability of commercial fast real-time PCR master mixes


There is an increasing need for affordable, thermostable PCR reagents that can be used for diagnostic testing in resource limited settings. The development of point-of-care devices in such settings is highly dependent on the availability and efficacy of thermostable reagents. Here, we assess the thermostability of commercial, intercalating dye-based real-time PCR master mixes. We show that several of these master mixes have thermostability and robust performance at 20 °C, 40 °C, and 45 °C for 6, 4 and 2 weeks, respectively. However, none of the master mixes that we evaluated was able to withstand more than 1 month at 45 °C incubation. Our findings have implications for clinical diagnostics in the developing world where cold-chain delivery of diagnostic assays is difficult to guarantee.

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© 2012 Elsevier Inc. Received 3 May 2012; Available online 10 May 2012. This work was supported by the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation [Global Health Grant Number OPP1028794]. Funding for open access charge: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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