The use of IF/THEN method control and dialog boxes by the method developer provides the end-user with an environment where all instructions for running the method can be contained within the runtime environment, eliminating the requirement for a paper protocol. Although the improved reliability of automated pipetting is the primary benefit for automating these kits, by using a common layout between each of the kits, greater walk-a-way times are created, with less user intervention required. Furthermore, with the addition of a plate transport and storage device, a fully automated solution could easily be built.
1 Lizardi, P. et. al. 1998. Nat. Genet. 19 pp. 225-232.
2 Nelson J.R. et. al. 2002. Genomics. 80 (6) pp. 691-698.
3 Nelson J.R. et. al. 2002. Biotechniques. June Suppl. pp. 44-47.