Leverage the proven performance of TaqMan Assays for dPCR

Applied Biosystems is the industry-leading brand choice for genetic analysis, with robust real-time PCR assays powered by unique design algorithms and years of experience. Our TaqMan probe-based technology is now making digital PCR (dPCR) simple with assays and kits supporting a broad range of applications. Choose from wet-lab verified Absolute Q assays, custom assays, kitted solutions, and more.


Benefits of predesigned Absolute Q Digital PCR assays

Predesigned Absolute Q dPCR assays consist of a forward primer, one or more target-specific probes, and a reverse primer pre-mixed together at specified concentrations. They require no further design, optimization, or verification. Just add your sample and reagent, then run your experiment.

  • Simple—preformulated and verified assay in a single tube, enabling you to immediately start your research
  • Fast—minimal hands-on time; results in 90 minutes when used with QuantStudio Absolute Q Digital PCR System
  • Dependable—analyze your data with confidence using verified assays backed by our performance guarantee*

Absolute Q dPCR assays are based on the same gold-standard TaqMan chemistry used in real-time PCR and cited in more than 200K research publications. The assays feature a proprietary probe with a minor groove binder (MGB) moiety at the 3’ end that increases the melting temperature (Tm) of the probe. This means MGB probes can be significantly shorter than traditional approaches, providing better sequence discrimination and flexibility to accommodate more targets in a single reaction.


Predesigned assays and kits for dPCR applications

Mutation detection and monitoring

Mutation detection and monitoring

Absolute Q Liquid Biopsy Digital PCR assays enable reproducible, specific detection of known somatic mutations. Each predesigned assay has been wet-lab tested.

Explore Absolute Q Liquid Biopsy assays

Cell & gene therapy development solutions

Cell & gene therapy development solutions

Absolute Q Viral Titer Digital PCR assays enable easy, accurate, absolute quantification of viral vector genomes to measure concentration and evaluate quality for biopharma and gene therapy development.

Explore Absolute Q Viral Titer dPCR assays and kitted solutions

Wastewater surveillance

Wastewater surveillance

Using the QuantStudio Absolute Q dPCR System, up to four optical channels can be leveraged to provide simultaneous multiplex detection of wastewater-relevant targets.

Learn about the SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Surveillance Kit

We stand behind every predesigned Absolute Q Assay you buy from us

We guarantee the performance of all of our predesigned Absolute Q assays for dPCR experiments. Our application‑specific portfolio of assays enables you to obtain the highest quality and performance available. These assays are designed and verified using up-to-date annotations and gold-standard Applied Biosystems TaqMan chemistry.

If an Absolute Q Digital PCR Assay does not perform according to conformance documentation, we will replace it at no cost or credit your account.*

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Custom dPCR probe-based assays

You may need to be an expert in your field, but you shouldn't need to be an expert in dPCR assay design. For custom dPCR assays and probes, choose from our self-service tools or custom services to help generate new probe-based dPCR assays with confidence and ease.


Absolute Q dPCR custom assay design tool

This self-serve tool allows you to easily design and order assays based on your target sequences.

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Custom dPCR assay design services

Get help with your complex assay design needs, including multiplexing or TaqMan Assay redesign.

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Other TaqMan assays


Adapt an existing TaqMan assay for use on the QuantStudio Absolute Q Digital PCR System.

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QuantStudio Absolute Q Digital PCR System

Explore workflows, view product recommendations, and find regulatory documentation for cell and gene therapy.

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dPCR reagents & consumables

Find master mixes and microfludic array plates and accessories for use with the QuantStudio Absolute Q dPCR System

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Talk to a specialist

Have questions about implementing dPCR in your lab? Let us help you get started!

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 *Terms and conditions apply. For complete details of the guarantee, go to thermofisher.com/absoluteqassayguarantee

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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