Automate your real time PCR primer and probe design

Beacon Designer automates the design of real time primers and probes. It is used by molecular biologists worldwide to design successful real time PCR assays. It saves the time and the money involved in failed experiments. Beacon Designer is a flexible solution to your real time primer and probe design needs and pays for itself many times over.

SYBR® Green Assay Design

SYBR Green® is perhaps the most commonly used real time PCR chemistry. Beacon Designer™ designs SYBR® Green PCR primers and helps you evaluate pre-designed SYBR® Green PCR primer sets. You have complete control over the design parameters or you can use the default values, chosen after considerable research and communication with experts.
Dual Labeled Probe Design

Beacon Designer™ currently supports four probe based chemistries:

TaqMan® Probes
Use Beacon Designer™ for optimal TaqMan® probes that help you study the differential gene expression or study SNP (single nucleotide polymorphisms) using TaqMan® SNP genotyping assays. You can also choose to design the increasingly popular Locked Nucleic Acid (LNA™) substituted TaqMan® probes, which are more stable than standard TaqMan® probes. To study DNA methylation, Beacon Designer™ helps design primers and TaqMan® probes for MethyLight assays. MethyLight is a high throughput assay used to discriminate between methylated and unmethylated DNA. Using Beacon Designer™, you can design suitable control primers and probes by designing oligos for the methylated and the unmethylated strands, and for the untreated DNA sequence. With any of these chemistries, you could evaluate a pre-designed/published primers or TaqMan® probes. The design results are reported in a ranked order, giving you a list of alternates to choose from. Depending on the oligo properties, a rating is assigned. Please read the Rating section in the online help for details.

Molecular Beacons
Design or evaluate standard molecular beacons or molecular beacons for NASBA® assays. NASBA® is a primer-dependent technology that can be used for the continuous amplification of nucleic acids in a single mixture at one temperature. You can now design molecular beacons for NASBA® assays for single template or multiplex reactions.

Beacon Designer™ supports the design of Scorpions® primers and probes. Scorpions® assays are important in that they are independent of the enzymatic cleavage of the probe. The primer and probe element are physically coupled during the reaction. Read more about the Scorpions® technology.

FRET Probes
Beacon Designer™ supports design and evaluation of pre-designed FRET probes. FRET probes that are compatible with pre-designed SYBR® Green primers can be designed in Beacon Designer™.

Multiplex Real Time PCR Assays

With Beacon Designer™ you can design TaqMan® based multiplex real time PCR assays for upto four sequences including reference gene selection.