In 2013, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) turned 30. To celebrate these, here’s a roundup of articles celebrating PCR on the web and from our archive.



Start with PCR 101: An introduction to PCR, and then read PCR Turns 30, and find out more about the history of PCR.

Learn about PCR, From the Past to the Future, and think about the importance of PCR with 30 Years: The Impact of PCR.

Watch the PCR Past, Present and Future webinar, with an overview of xxpress PCR, launched this year, and investigate the history of DNA and celebrate DNA Day.

Reminisce about the early days of PCR with DNATURE, and explore the Chain Reaction exhibition about PCR.

Follow the Evolution of PCR in PCR @ 30: 30 Years Young and Still Evolving, and understand the importance of the different enzymes in Happy Birthday To You – PCR is 30 years old.

Look into The secret life of the laboratory: PCR at 30 and see how science can be art, and get a little more philosophical in Bringing meaning to technology: PCR at 30.

Explore 30 Captivating Facts Celebrating an Important Biotech Breakthrough, and learn about different kinds of PCR.

Find out more about specific applications for PCR:

Understand important PCR techniques:

And finally, join Alto Marketing in saying Happy Birthday PCR, and remember that the 30th anniversary wasn’t the only PCR milestone in 2013 – this year, BJS Technologies launched xxpress, the fastest qPCR thermal cycler in the world.

Suzanne Elvidge is a freelance science, biopharma, business and health writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has written for a range of online and print publications including FierceBiomarkers, FierceDrugDelivery, European Life Science, the Journal of Life Sciences (now the Burrill Report), In Vivo, Life Science Leader, Nature Biotechnology, New Scientist, PR Week and Start-Up. She specialises in writing on pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, science, lifestyle and green living, but can write on any topic given enough tea and chocolate biscuits. She lives just beyond the neck end of nowhere in the Peak District with her second-hand bookseller husband and two second-hand cats.