In the UGent NXTGNT NGS sequencing laboratory, the Roche LightCycler 480 II qPCR system has served dozens of UGent researchers across several faculties, contributing to hundreds of publications. Also, dozens of external universities, institutions, and commercial partners have benefitted from the system. Most of these researchers indirectly used the system by performing NGS library preparation in the NXTGNT lab. The qPCR system performs quality control and quantifies sequenceable fragments as a step in every NGS library preparation. Additionally, the system is used by several groups to perform gene expression analysis, CRISPR-Cas9 cleavage efficiency, and high resolution melting curve analysis.
The existing system has been in use almost daily since 2009 and needs to be replaced. Due to wear and tear, the instrument often shows hardware defects, resulting in unreliable measurements. The frequent and costly repairs cannot be justified anymore due to the system's age.