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PCRdrive is a free all-in-one PCR network which allows you to organize and manage all PCR-related processes: From primer design, ordering of reagents and documentation to sharing and discussion of PCRs with lab members and other users.

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Alon Vitenshtein
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Alon Vitenshtein

Co-founder of LabWorm

PCRdrive looking good! What are your most used and differentiating features? Oval 17

Hi there! Would like to say that PCRdrive's lookin' snazzy! :) Always fun to see platforms in our field that invest in the user experience. You guys have great features to find available primers (are these validated experimentally btw?), design, collaborate, and write notes. What feature is most used on PCRdrive? For primer design, what feature most differentiates you from platforms such as primer3, primerblast...?

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Posted: 5 years ago
OakLabs
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OakLabs

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Hi Alon,

Thanks a lot for your positive feedback, we really appreciate it.

About your questions:

1. Public PCRs: The public primer designs mainly come from two sources: a) they are added by other users or b) they are added by us using publicly available PCRs, for example from scientific journals or publications. One of the things we have on our to-do list, is a voting/rating for public PCRs, so that users can give some feedback on the quality of the ones they took over.

2. Most used feature: The primer designer is very popular, since it's usually the starting point for all future work and collaboration. That's why we recently expanded its functionality with the so-called PurePrimer algorithm which is based on PrimerBlast and offers a specificity double check of Primer3 designed primers. In a user survey which we are currently doing, PurePrimer is getting very good ratings, so we are seeing that our users consider it as a useful addition to their work with PCRdrive. In this survey, we are also asking for the next feature which users would like to see to make sure that we are as close as possible to what people will actually be using.

3. Primer designer: Apart from the above mentioned PurePrimer feature, we are working on an improved primer3 algorithms to compute more reliable melting temperatures.
But we also want to stress that the primer designer is just ONE of the many advantages you get with PCRdrive. The general idea is to have an all-in-one solution for PCR users which helps them in every step of their work - from primer design, ordering of reagents to documentation and sharing with others.

Regards to the Labworm team

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Alon Vitenshtein
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Alon Vitenshtein

Co-founder of LabWorm

That's fascinating! You guys are definitely tackling a pain point with PCRdrive, and I like your collaborative/community approach to go at it. The idea for ratings/voting on primers for their validation sounds like a great idea. Maybe even start with a metric of number of publications they appear in? The other features such as the PurePrimer algorithm sound great as well as your aim to focus on the issue of a reliable Tm, which seems like different apps give different Tms. One last question, is it going to remain free for researchers?

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Yes, it's going to remain completely free of charge for researchers.

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