Quantitative PCR (qPCR) allows researchers to quickly and easily quantify nucleic acids for studying gene expression, mutational analysis, disease state, and gene dosage. QPCR measures PCR product accumulation during the exponential phase of the reaction and before amplification becomes vulnerable to limiting reagents and cycling variability. Fluorescent qPCR data provides accurate information on initial starting copy number. Using qPCR, amplification and detection are combined in a single step and in a single closed tube. This eliminates the need for numerous post-qPCR manual steps, and reduces the possibility of introducing variability or laboratory contamination. The Mx3005P system has an open format that allows closed-tube real-time PCR detection with many chemistries including SYBR Green dye and fluorogenic probe systems, detecting up to five different dyes simultaneously. The Mx3005P system supports both real-time and plate read experiments.