Patent Number: 7,101,509

Title: Reaction vessel and temperature control system

Abstract: A reaction vessel has a reaction chamber, a loading reservoir connected to the reaction chamber via a first channel, and an aspiration port connected to the chamber via a second channel. To load the sample into the reaction chamber, the sample is dispensed into the loading reservoir and then drawn into the chamber by application of a vacuum to the aspiration port. A system for controlling the temperature of the sample in the reaction vessel includes one or more thermal elements for heating or cooling the sample and optionally optics for detecting one or more analytes in the sample.

Inventors: Chang; Ronald (Redwood City, CA), Dority; Douglas B. (Mill Valley, CA), Christel; Lee A. (Palo Alto, CA), Petersen; Kurt E. (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Cepheid

International Classification: G01N 15/06 (20060101); B01L 3/02 (20060101); G01N 1/10 (20060101); G01N 21/00 (20060101); G01N 21/03 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018