Bio-Rad has launched the CFX384 real-time PCR detection system with CFX Manager software. The management software can be used to ensure compliance with the regulations published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for secure handling of electronic records. The system will provide researchers with access to high-throughput real-time PCR in a 384-well format. The system can be operated in several control configurations. Researchers can either run a stand-alone system without a computer or up to four instruments from one computer. With the C1000 thermal cycler chassis as the base thermal cycler instrument, the real-time PCR detection system incorporates innovative optical technologies and software to deliver sensitive, reliable detection for real-time PCR applications, including absolute quantitation, genetic variation analysis, and gene expression. Multiple data acquisition modes let runs be tailored to suit any application and the compact design fits any laboratory setting.