writing a protocol

writing a protocol
CFX Manager™ Software
Protocol Quick Guide
Run Setup Protocol Tab
The Protocol tab displays a preview of the protocol
loaded in the Run Setup window (Figure 1).
Click Create New to open the Protocol Editor
to create a new protocol.
Click Select Existing to launch the file browser
to load a protocol to use in a run or to edit.
Use the Express Load drop-down menu to directly
load a protocol to use in a run or to edit.
Fig. 1. Protocol tab in the Run Setup window. Load an existing protocol or create a
new protocol for a run.
Click Edit Selected to open the Protocol Editor
to edit the steps of the selected protocol.
Click the Start Run tab to proceed and start a run
with the currently loaded protocol.
Protocol Editor
The Protocol Editor is used to create a new protocol
or edit an existing one (Figure 2).
1.Select any step in either the graphical or text
display — the step becomes highlighted in blue.
Click on the temperature or dwell time to directly
edit the value.
Text display
2.Click Insert Step to add a temperature step to
the protocol.
Click Delete Step to remove a highlighted
step from the protocol.
3.Click Add Plate Read to Step to designate
when fluorescence data will be acquired during
the protocol. The text on this button changes to
Remove Plate Read if the currently highlighted
step has a plate read. If you do not want to
acquire data at that step, then click Remove
Plate Read.
4.Click on the number of repeats of a GOTO Step
to change the number of cycles in the protocol
(Figure 2, Step 4).
Click on the GOTO Step number to change
the steps included in the GOTO loop.
Fig. 2. Protocol Editor. The protocol editing controls are on the
left. Both the graphical and text displays can be edited. Step 1 is
highlighted and 95˚C is selected for editing in the text display.
To add a gradient step:
Graphical display
Gradient range
1. Click Insert Gradient in the protocol editing
controls (Figure 2).
2. To edit the temperature values for the lowest and
highest temperatures in the gradient, click on the
values in the graphical display, in the text display,
or in the gradient range calculator that appears
to the right of the text display (Figure 3).
3. Within the gradient range calculator, a specific
temperature can be assigned to any row.
Each row is then populated with the appropriate
temperature to satisfy the specified range.
Fig. 3. Insert Gradient step in the Protocol Editor. A gradient step is
highlighted in blue in the graphical and text displays of the protocol. The gradient
range calculator appears when a gradient is added to the protocol.
To add a melt curve:
1. Click Insert Melt Curve in the protocol editing
controls (Figure 2).
2. In the graphical or text display, click on the
temperature values to edit the lowest and
highest temperatures of the melt curve range
(Figure 4, Step 5).
3. Click on the increment value to edit the
temperature interval at which data are acquired.
4. Click on the dwell time to edit the incubation
time for each temperature increment.
Fig. 4. Insert Melt Curve step in the Protocol Editor. A melt curve step is
highlighted in blue in the graphical and text displays of the protocol.
Bio-Rad’s real-time thermal cyclers are licensed real-time thermal cyclers under Applera’s United States Patent Number 6,814,934 B1 for use in
research, human in vitro diagnostics, and all other fields except veterinary diagnostics.
Bio-Rad’s real-time thermal cyclers are covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents or their foreign counterparts owned by Eppendorf AG:
U.S. Patent Numbers 6,767,512 and 7,074,367.
Laboratories, Inc.
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