Picotiter plate

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A picotiter plate is a flat plate with multiple wells used as small test tubes. It is a miniaturised version of the microtiter plates that are standard tools in analytical research.

Picotiter plates are used in the DNA sequencing strategy first exploited by a spin-off company (454 systems)[citation needed] and commercially available on the market. The picotiter plate platform enables parallel sequence analysis of 1.7 million of separate DNA fragments and thus is capable of sequencing entire genomes within a couple of hours.