What can I use PCRdrive for?
PCRdrive is the ideal starting point for every PCR project. Use it to find the right qPCR assay in our archive for the majority of genes of the most relevant model species to save time and work use our advanced primer designer for any DNA sequence of interest securely save all your PCR projects to access them at any point in time work on PCRs with your team or working group more efficiently Try our unique mix of PCR tools by creating your account here.
Why should I trust in PCRdrive instead of comparable products?
First of all it’s easy to trust PCRdrive, because we have spent a lot of time to ensure that it is developed to protect your personal data. In regard to functionality we believe that our product offers a wide range of features that you will not find in any other tool in this combination. For example, there are lots of different primer designers, electronic lab notebooks to safe all kinds of lab data and you can get or buy primer assays from other sources. But all in one place? Well structured and easy to use? Always up-to-date and at the forefront of technology? A place where users can bring in their own opinions for new features? A place where working together is fun? Well, all of that is PCRdrive.
How can I access the database of qPCR assays?
The qPCR assays database is integrated in the PCR section of PCRdrive. Log in (or create your free account first), go to the PCR Lab section and click “Public PCRs” - then you can search for the right assay for your project.
I am missing a feature in PCRdrive – can it be added?
We are always happy to learn how we can improve PCRdrive for our users! Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. Apart from that you are more than welcome to participate in our feature surveys in which you can vote for your favorite functionality to be implemented.
What are the next features to be implemented?
Apart from that you are more than welcome to participate in our feature surveys in which you can vote for your favorite functionality to be implemented.
How can I participate in voting for the next features to be implemented?
Please make sure that your PCRdrive account settings allow us to send you emails. Alternatively, you can simply sign up for ur newsletter at the end of the page.
What is PurePrimer™?
PurePrimer™ is the name of our advanced, BLAST-based primer designer which allows for high-quality reconfiguration of Primer3. It can be used to perform a specificity analysis, often with surprising results. PurePrimer™ will provide a list of specific primers, if available, with a useful graphic interface to display the position of the Primers in the sequence.
How much data can I store in PCRdrive? Is there a limit?
As with almost everything in life, there is a limit which is XX GB. However, we have made sure that you will not reach it without making an effort to do so.
How do I register?
Registering couldn’t be any easier. Go to the registration page and fill in the information. You will automatically receive an email with an activation link. Click it and you are ready to get started with your first PCR project!
Is there any costs involved?
Here comes the good news: PCRdrive is totally free of charge for our users. No hidden costs or payable premium features anywhere.
How can I register together with my team?
Each of your team members will get their own PCRdrive account by signing up on our registration page. To work together on projects, you can set up a team in the according PCR Team section. Add new members by clicking “Add user” and entering their email addresses. If you need help to set up larger teams, please send us an email to email@example.com, we will be happy to help.
How long will my data be stored in PCRdrive?
We will keep all the data that you share in PCRdrive as long as you need them. Only when you decide to delete them from our server, they will be gone for good.
How secure are my data inside PCRdrive?
We have made an effort to ensure that your data are and will always be safe in PCRdrive: PCRdrive offers SSL protected and fully-encrypted communication with the server Your password is always stored and encrypted with a widely used and well accepted crypt algorithm We do daily backups for emergency and disaster recovery Highest level of user data privacy is guaranteed by using an European based server renting company
Who can access my PCR projects?
By default, you are the only one who can access your own projects. This is ensured by our strict data protection guidelines and measures. Only if you actively decide to make a PCR project publicly available or share it with a group of people, it can be seen and copied by others.
What is IOTA?
IOTA is a next generation crypto currency token that offers extreme scalability and speed. IOTA does not use the traditional blockchain design used by most crypto currencies. Instead, it has developed a new platform called Tangle, which uses a mathematical concept known as Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAG). One advantage of this technology is the fact that the network transaction speed increases as the number of users increases. In addition, IOTA comes without transaction costs.
For you, IOTA means an easy way to be rewarded in crypto currency micropayments for your contribution to PCRdrive and the PCRdrive community.
Read more here: https://iota.readme.io/docs/what-is-iota
How is IOTA different from other crypto currencies like Bitcoin?
IOTA was designed to remove the need for blocks and allows for better scaling. In addition, IOTA does not have a concept of miners verifying network transactions like in Bitcoin and other blockchains. Due to the lack of transaction fees, IOTA enables extremely small transactions (nanopayments). This makes it the ideal solution for us to reward PCRdrive users for all activities which are valuable for other users, for example rating published PCRs.
How can I earn IOTA in PCRdrive?
For now, you can earn your first IOTAs by becoming an active user of PCRdrive. Stay tuned as we roll out even more opportunities to engage in our IOTA micropayments. Such opportunities may arise for completing tasks like documenting a certain number of PCRs, participating in constructive feedback surveys or broadening our network.
How do I manage my IOTA?
On your dashboard you always have an overview of your received IOTAs (it can take up to a few hours until they are visible). Click the "Withdraw" button and enter your IOTA address as well as your PCRdrive password to withdraw them. After a member of the PCRdrive team has verified your claim, you will receive your IOTAs at the stated address.
When will I be able to redeem my IOTA?
You can redeem your IOTAs at any point. Simply click the "Withdraw" button on the PCRdrive dashboard.
I should have received my first IOTA credits - why does it still stay "0" on my dashboard?
If you have successfully fulfilled all criteria for earning your IOTAs, we will make them available to you as soon as possible. Please note, however, that it can take up a few hours until they are visible on your dashboard due to technical reasons.
Is there a manual for using the platform?
We believe that PCRdrive is as easy-to-use as it can be. However, we have made a number of resources available at our knowledge base explaining some basic functionalities of PCRdrive like setting up a project or the PCR settings. We hope they will help you to get started!
What do I do when I have a problem with the platform?
We are sorry to hear that you are having problems! Please contact our service team at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us as many details as possible.
Is PCRdrive capable of fulfilling the regulations required for development of medical tests to be approved by FDA / EMA?
We have not officially reached this status yet, but we are aware of the steps to be taken and are confident that one day we can totally assure that PCRdrive fully fulfils these regulations.