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Thermal Cycler Engineering
Our re-design is based upon the Open PCR system originally designed by Josh Perfetto and Tito Jankowski.
The new casing will become larger to implement a set of two drawers in the front. They will be placed near the top of the case and in the middle of the front panel. These will hold the additional sample plates being added to the design, providing for higher testing numbers.
Ceramic Peltier Heaters:
The new design will have two of these heaters, one corresponding to each drawer of sample plates and placed beneath them, just as they were placed beneath the original heat lid. Adding additional heating elements will allow the machine to heat more samples, more quickly.
Research and Development
Background on Disease Markers
Our group decided to look at two different diseases, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Cardiovascular disease refers to any disease that affects the cardiovascular system, principally cardiac disease, vascular diseases of the brain and kidney, and peripheral arterial disease. The associated mutation for metabolic syndrome was rs1800206, and for cardiovascular disease it was rs1801253.
Reverse Primer: 5'TCACAAGTGCC3'