Easy setup and start
Starting an experiment is easy using the Process Wizard (see figure Easy-to-use software features). This convenient feature enables guided setup and allows the user to define run parameters and preselect DNA size markers. Reagent lot number information can be included and samples can be selected with a single click of the mouse. Run checks can also be easily performed.
Clear experiment overview
Experiment Explorer lets users easily display and analyze samples according to individual preferences. Samples can be selected with just a click of the mouse, and simple drag-and-drop features can be used to visualize samples. Versatile and flexible analysis features enable convenient data processing with the possibility to combine multiple data sets. As an additional safety feature when setting up a reference marker table for subsequent sample size determination, the optically detected fragment pattern is compared to the expected fragment pattern, and automatic alerts are generated if fragments are missing.
Convenient results documentation
The software enables configurable reports to be generated. Cartridge ID and calibration status can be included, and data can be electronically documented. Data are available in .csv and .xml formats, enabling easy transfer to other databases and systems such as LIMS. Integrated XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) enables transformation of XML documents into multiple formats including XML documents with different structures, HTML for webpages, PDF files, PostScript, or PNG files (see Figure Highly flexible data format).
Support of 21 CFR Part 11 compliance
QIAxcel ScreenGel software includes specific features that support the technical requirements of 21 CFR Part 11 regulations, enabling use of an electronic records system (see figure Password-protected login). Features such as the following are available:
Password-protected login to prevent unauthorized access and data manipulation
Audit trail documentation for configuration files and system events
Automatic saving and archiving of write-protected raw data
Secure user management
Different user profiles are available (Routine, Basic, Advanced, Admin) and are password protected (user login is required) for increased security. A simplified interface minimizes the need for user training and makes the software especially attractive for inexperienced users.